My plans are stones for me to stumble on in the path that God has laid out for me to walk.
One of the most vexing parables recorded in the New Testament is the Parable of the Ten Virgins. Found in Matthew 25 and given as the answer to eschatological questions from the disciples, Jesus states: “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the… Continue reading How Not to be a Foolish Virgin
One of my core childhood memories starts in my dad’s home office. He was working on something on the computer and really only paying half attention to me. I was complaining about something and I don’t recall exactly what pessimistic thing I said, what prediction of doom my 10 year old brain shared, but it… Continue reading Words Have Power
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that… Continue reading Let Us Love One Another
Trigger warning: bullying, animal cruelty About a year ago an emotional interview between Anderson Cooper and Stephen Colbert went viral. It was shortly after the death of Cooper’s mother, famous fashion designer and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt. The two men bonded over their losses, and Colbert is quoted as having said, “What punishments of God are… Continue reading When God’s Punishments Are Gifts