Longing for the Divine

  • Scrub Bush Theophany

    When God hears the cries of His people, His heart is triggered to rescue and redeem.

  • Attractive Gospel

    When I experience the beauty God’s character, I find that faith is an experience that happens to me, not something I make happen.

  • The Four Horses of the Apocalypse . . . and a Fifth

    I recently came across a cartoon that portrays the famed horsemen of Revelation aside a fifth horse and rider named “Misinformation,” which illustrates the pandemic.

  • Hagar’s Discovery about God

    However, God wants us to recognize that He sees, that His peace and joy can alleviate the shadows of pain and distress. We are sought after and kept by the most powerful Lover in…

  • Earthen Vessels Carrying Desirable Treasure

    God’s power strengthens and holds together our fragile jars of clay, so that they can manifest the life of Jesus. Our life’s purpose is to contain and carry this treasure,…

  • The Powerful Hold

    What obstacles, public shaming, and longtime assumptions are we willing to overcome—as did the courageous woman in this story—to touch Jesus and be in His healing presence?

  • Tetelestai—It Is Finished! The Cry That Carries the Future

    to give us eternal life instead of eternal condemnation. American revivalist Johnathan Edwards summed this idea well in his famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry…

  • Transformed Faith, Transformed World: God, Judgment, Gospel

    The common theories and methods for describing the process of justification had become a puzzle for me. I was not a terrified sinner plagued by guilt and seeking justification…

  • God’s Dance

    Can you imagine God literally skipping and singing boisterously with joy over you and me? The very idea is astonishing. How breathtaking it must be to see God whirling about,…

  • Going to the Mat: Wrestling the God Who Prevails

    So, where do we stand in our wrestling matches with God? How has God been wrestling with you? Do you feel powerless and alone, enduring a dark night? Are you struggling to face…

  • Don’t Be Afraid: A Fearless Look at the Fear of God

    Perhaps you believe that the antidote to fearing the world is fearing God. Should we be afraid of Him instead? Is the alternative to worldly fear a reality that anticipates dread…

  • My Vegetarian Lament, and Obeying the Creation Mandate

    For centuries, Protestants have championed Martin Luther’s legacy of justification by grace through faith, not works. Habakkuk is the prophetic context from which Paul speaks in…

  • Tent Talk

    In the Bible, the “tent of meeting” is described as a portable tabernacle—a sacred place or sanctuary that visualized God’s desire to dwell in our midst.

    Closed Hearts and the End of Mercy

    I don’t see God arbitrarily removing His mercy and forgiveness from our world; I see Him describing probation from a different angle, using Pharaoh’s hardened heart as a metaphor for the condition of our world. We close probation on ourselves.

    Pagan Magi Can Find Jesus

    Instead of aiming to reject every pagan influence, let’s keep our focus on Jesus. The radically humble and loving way that God came into this world remains significant. While we should affirm biblical teachings and be grateful for the special revelation God has given us, we should recognize that God shines light on others—even heathen outsiders—who may have something to teach us.

    When God Flips Tables

    If Jesus walked through and examined the courts of our lives today, what tables might He flip over? I want Jesus to enter my courts, driving out everything that hinders a close relationship with Him, because life’s most important goal is dwelling in His presence.