Catch your drift

Things left alone in the water drift downstream, not up -- nor do they stay in one place. Drift is similar to what happens when a woodworker cuts from the last piece of wood that had been cut, instead of cutting from the original pattern.  Naturally, this causes the dimensions of the pieces to gradually… Continue reading Catch your drift

The show-me state…of mind

No, we're not headed to Missouri this day, just borrowing their fine motto for a few minutes. You know -- in the sense of "Back up what you're saying", "Prove it", "Give me an example", and such like. These days you'd better have some back-up to what you're agreeing to, or you could end up… Continue reading The show-me state…of mind

It’s not just what you see…

Seeing is believing, right?  What you see is what you get....isn't it? In nature, this tends to be true: we're often fond of saying, "If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck!"  Sometimes, though, what looks for all the world like a pile of leaves… Continue reading It’s not just what you see…

All done!

Done, complete, over, through, accomplished, FINISHED! Doesn't it feel good get done with something? A job you've worked on, something you began and couldn't even picture the end of when you started? There are a lot of things we're not particularly excited about doing to begin with, so the end of them is a time of rejoicing!… Continue reading All done!

What do you love?

Love-hate, black-white, up-down, north-south, right-left, dark-light: these describe the reality of opposites.  Many bedrock decisions come down to two choices -- you can't do both at the same time. The beginning of time was characterized by God dividing the darkness from the light.  God spoke of loving Jacob and hating Esau.  The three Hebrew children were told to… Continue reading What do you love?

What do you see when you zoom out?

Wouldn't it be really great to have the viewpoint on things we get by using Google Earth (for the uninitiated, that's the free app for your phone or computer that zeros in on any address your give it to look up, or on your current location, showing the "satellite's eye view"). I love the experience… Continue reading What do you see when you zoom out?

Worship that moves God

I suppose the best-known trademark of who we are as Pentecostals is the way we worship God openly and vocally and actively. It's the most immediate indication that something unique is going on with these congregations, but what is the reason for it? Are these folks who just have fewer inhibitions, like the guy at… Continue reading Worship that moves God

Where’d I get that idea…?

Can we always trust what we see? How about what we hear? I remember the old adage: never trust what you hear, and only half of what you read (these days, I think it's down to less than half!).  How are our perceptions influenced? By our experiences? By long-held traditions? By our admiration for prominent… Continue reading Where’d I get that idea…?

Are we there yet?

There's just nothing like those endless desert landscapes, intolerably vast stretches of frozen tundra, and unbroken strings of mile-high mountain ranges (all lying, of course, within five miles of home) that cause children worldwide to cry out in desperation, half-way accross town to Grandma's house,  "Are we THERE, YET?!!!" Didn't change a thing or make the journey… Continue reading Are we there yet?

Awesome — and getting better!

That's how I'd have to describe the past 26 years (OK, I'll go ahead and admit it - that's the last half!) of my life. Twenty-six years ago today, I made a decision that changed everything about what living for God meant to me.  In spite of being happy with my church at the time, not mad with… Continue reading Awesome — and getting better!