For a couple of years now I have been affectionately addressing my mom as “Little Mother” when I call her on Sunday afternoons. I know she loves it because she always …
A friend loaned me a book entitled, At Home in Mitford, written by American author Jan Karon—book one of The Mitford Years series. This charming novel is the story of Father Tim, the rector of Lord’s Chapel in Mitford, North Carolina, and the characters that live there who enhance the priest’s …
In my three previous blogs in this series I have been describing elements of a change process I have identified in my own life as transformation alchemy. Transformation alchemy includes INSPIRATION + KNOWLEDGE + WONDER which God uses to move me along a path toward sanctification. Sanctification is God's term for the incremental changes He makes in me as He changes me to be more like His son, Jesus Christ.
Our long-awaited Montage weekend in Laguna Beach with Phoenix Seminary investors is over but as I continue to reflect on it, all I can say is, "It was over the top!" Let me explain.
God has given us all the gift of free will. This gift empowers us to take control of the very thing that creates everything about who we are - our thought life.
My dad grew up on a farm in Iowa. He tinkered and fixed all his life and he did it in a very thorough way. I remember standing next to him in our garage. Little me, dwarfed by his size and strength, focusing on the job in front of me because he was instructing me in hammering a nail. I remember he carefully trained me in the art of pounding - keeping the nail straight all the way into the board - and in the process patiently endured my crooked, miserable attempts.
Carpe diem is a descriptive term used for literature that urges readers to live for the moment. It originates from the Latin phrase "seize the day," used by Horace. This seize-the-day concept is exemplified by the familiar stanza from Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" which I quoted above.