If It's Not One Thing, It's Another: What If That's A Good Thing?

If It's Not One Thing, It's Another: What If That's A Good Thing?

It seems to me that if I could have my way, I would like my life to be trouble free.  I welcome challenges, like learning a new skill, or thinking through a different way of understanding something.  But I really don’t want any real problems.  Uncertain situations or circumstances that involve the possibility of real pain, significant loss, genuine confusion, actual hopelessness, discouragement, fear, sadness.  I work pretty hard to avoid as many of these things as possible.  And I work inside to keep myself convinced that I am never in any real danger from any real thing. Like I said, I prefer a trouble free existence.  

When It Won't Add Up

When It Won't Add Up

One of the most striking characteristics of the conversations and sayings of Jesus is the amount of explanation that he chooses NOT to provide. He is often referred to as a master teacher based on the frequency with which he used stories about common things in this world to illustrate and make clear deeper spiritual truth.  But sometimes he seems to intentionally obscure his meaning.  The interpretations of many parables are anything but clear, and have been the basis for differing opinions among Bible scholars for centuries. 

When It Won't Add Up

When It Won't Add Up

One of the most striking characteristics of the conversations and sayings of Jesus is the amount of explanation that he chooses NOT to provide. He is often referred to as a master teacher based on the frequency with which he used stories about common things in this world to illustrate and make clear deeper spiritual truth.  But sometimes he seems to intentionally obscure his meaning.  The interpretations of many parables are anything but clear, and have been the basis for differing opinions among Bible scholars for centuries. 

It's A Full Time Job

It's A Full Time Job

My junior high gym teacher was a piece of work.  We were not quite into the age of sensitivity speech and concern for the self-esteem of the seventh grader that is expected of educators today. That was a good thing, because I don’t think Mr. Ludwig had the psychological make up to work well in such an environment. He would have needed a lawyer half way through the first day of school.  I remember on many occasions one or another of my class mates deciding he would help the instructor manage the class.  He would raise his hand and complain about a fellow student’s failure to stay on his assigned spot or some other minor infraction of the rules. Invariably, Mr. Ludwig would yell at the complainer, always addressing students by their last names and say,

Michael Phelps Isn't Fully Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps Isn't Fully Michael Phelps

“With humans it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:26

I was watching an interview with Michael Phelps the other day where he was talking about his experience going through rehab.  Michael Phelps, if you don’t know, is the most decorated olympian of all time, having earned 22 medals in three olympics.  But he’s also known for struggling with drugs and alcohol, and having been suspended from competition in 2014-15.  As a result, Phelps spent a number of weeks in a drug treatment program in the middle of the Arizona desert. 

Strength In Numbers

Strength In Numbers

This week the Warriors are on their way to claiming back to back NBA championships.  After embarrassing Lebron James and the Cavs with a 33 point win, the Warriors are at a point of serious consideration for being the best NBA team in history.  Since winning 73 games this season, which is the most ever, the Warriors have been the heavy favorites coming into the 2016 playoffs.