You are Mine, So I Love You

I found Wesley Hill’s second chapter in his book “Spiritual Friendship” to be the most helpful. He titled the chapter “I Love You Because You’re Mine.” While he discusses this title in conceptual form throughout the chapter, I had to read through about half the chapter to come to where he mentions the context from…

A Dog Bite, an Analogy of Brokenness

Dog Analogy # 1. After the second time of being bitten by the dog, no wonder I sat cautiously in the chair as the bathroom door opened to allow the dog to wander free. I’ve visited the Neevel’s home on a number of past occasions with no wounds to show for it, but ever since Fred’s hospice care,…

What If Jesus Doesn’t Satisfy?

What if Jesus doesn’t satisfy? Personally, I don’t care for that question, and yet that question haunts me each time I pull up my unfinished drafts folder. This post has sat in the draft pile for more than a year with little more than the title, more specifically a question and a disconcerting question at…

Ministry Starts in the Home

What you accomplish for God beyond your home will typically never be greater than what you practice with God within your home. . . . Family ministry that never reaches beyond our households is like a regimen of spring training that never results in a real baseball game. [1] [1] Jones, Timothy Paul. Family Ministry Field…

Spiritual Friendship by Wesley Hill

Here’s a larger portion of the quote. A friend of Hill’s wrote him the following: “What I cannot imagine, what causes me to wince in terror, is the thought of being celibate in my 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond. Perhaps I lack your strength or contentment for celibacy. Perhaps I have not experienced the relational…

A Social Media Vacation

For some time, I have found social media, specifically Facebook, exhausting. I don’t recall the last time I got off of social media and thought to myself, “Wow, that was encouraging!” I do however recall nearly every time, needing Linda to pull me from the dark hole from which I had fallen. Dazed and discouraged,…

Reflection on Emotion

As we sat at the graduation rehearsal, one professor encouraged all the graduates with the reminder that this event was the culmination of all our hard work and a conclusion to the goal we had all set years before. In one sense this was encouraging, but at the same time, I struggled with the emotion…