Les Mis: When Justice Is Overshadowed by the Law

I’m teaching Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables this fall. First published to international acclaim in 1862, the novel’s inception actually took place in 1845 under the working title Jean Tréjean, which translator Julie Rose characterizes as “the story of a convict, a poor man persecuted by a system in which justice has been overshadowed by theContinue reading “Les Mis: When Justice Is Overshadowed by the Law”

Church Relationships Don’t Come Easy–and Why That’s Okay

Shouldn’t church be easy? Shouldn’t I just click with the people in my church? Shouldn’t it be the most natural thing in the world for me to spend time with my brothers and sisters in Christ? …but what if it isn’t? Is something wrong with my church? Is something wrong with me? We look at our neighborhoodsContinue reading “Church Relationships Don’t Come Easy–and Why That’s Okay”

What Lies Behind Dotted Lines

#GeorgeFloyd sparked this post, but by the time you read it, it could be another. Or another. Or another. The video popped up on my Twitter timeline yesterday, and before I even watched, I could see what was about to take place from the posture of the policeman. Oh, Dear God, no. A sinking feeling.Continue reading “What Lies Behind Dotted Lines”

Jeremiah 29: Encouragment for COVID-19 Exiles

If you are an American Christian, chances are you have at least three verses memorized: John 3:16, Philippians 4:13, and Jeremiah 29:11– “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This beloved verse actuallyContinue reading “Jeremiah 29: Encouragment for COVID-19 Exiles”

Quarantine Family Worship Resource, Vol. 2! (Download)

Brothers and Sisters, Volume II. Who would have imagined? Perhaps two or three weeks, but who would have dreamed this quarantine would last for two or three months…or longer? Churches have dealt with their inability to gather in various ways. There are many faithful ways to make the most of this sad time apart, andContinue reading “Quarantine Family Worship Resource, Vol. 2! (Download)”

2.10 — Jim and Elizabeth Elliot & Martyrdom and Mission

On January 8, 1956, on a sandy beach along the Cararay River in the rainforest of Ecuador, Jim Elliot and four other young missionaries met the end of their lives on spear-tips carried by the very people they had spent years preparing to bring the good news of Jesus Christ. Only days before, they hadContinue reading “2.10 — Jim and Elizabeth Elliot & Martyrdom and Mission”