Being More Than We Are

We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are, to see through plastic sham to living, breathing reality, and to break down our defenses of self-protection in order to be free to receive and give love….

Hope for the Day After

Tomorrow, we will likely know who the next President of the United States will be. It’s not an unimportant election, and one candidate will be better than the other (opinions differ on who that will be). But this I know. As our pastor, Darren, put it, the Kingdom will still…

Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College

It was April 1998. Elie Wiesel, author of Night, stood at the podium, and he talked about writing. I listened. He talked about many things, including Job. Job heard tragic news from person after person who said, “I alone escaped and came to tell the tale.” Wiesel asked, “What if…

Connecting the Dots

“Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later. Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots…