Advent 2019: Peace

Last year I wrote a post for each week of Advent. As I’ve reread these articles they have reminded me of truths that have fallen to the back of my mind and heart in the 365 days since I first wrote/read them. I want to share them with you again this year. I hope they meet … Continue reading Advent 2019: Peace

Advent 2019: Hope

2019 is coming to a close and yet the church calendar is just starting. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year; we wait expectantly for the Christ-child to arrive in the manger as we also long for the return of Jesus. Last year I wrote a post for each week of Advent. As I’ve reread … Continue reading Advent 2019: Hope

Advent Devotions: Love

When I was in junior high school I began going on mission trips each summer to New Orleans. Our youth group would break up into teams and lead backyard Bible clubs in neighborhood parks. We always carried Evangecubes—an interactive tract—with us. One day I was sitting at the bottom of a slide with a little … Continue reading Advent Devotions: Love

The God Who Sees Me

This is the first in a new series called Lamplight Studies. Check out this post for an introduction.  ◊◊◊ The other day I wondered “what’s in a name?” As I reflected on changing my name, my mind kept drifting to Hagar’s story in Genesis chapter 16. In this story Hagar calls God “El-roi,” which means, “God … Continue reading The God Who Sees Me