I believe Jesus canā€¦turn your world upside down to put things in place.

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Although that may hold true for two-dimensional objects, life has taught many of us that you canā€™t always get where you are going by following a straight line. As we look through the stories in the Bible we find that very rarely do any of the stories in both the Old and New Testament include any straight lines. Sometimes the detours and chaos that ensue are due to sin, disobedience, or the lack of faithā€”think the Israelites wandering in the wilderness for 40 years for a trip they should have been able to complete in under 40 daysā€” and sometimes there seems to be no easy explanation on why things had to turn out the way that they did. Continue reading “I believe Jesus canā€¦turn your world upside down to put things in place.”

A Low View of Marriage

O be careful little eyes what you see
O be careful little eyes what you see
For theĀ Father up above
IsĀ looking down in love
So, be careful little eyes what you see

Many of us remember that believed childrenā€™s song that we possibly sang at Vacation Bible School or in Childrenā€™s Church growing up. The song goes on to encourage us to be careful what you hear, what your hands do, where your feet go, and so on. It would appear that all too many have not heeded that simple melodic warning. Continue reading “A Low View of Marriage”

Didn’t See Him

Most of us have a routine in the morning, mine begins with waking up at 5:30, spending time with God, and ends with me grabbing a dress shirt on my way out the door around 8:15. There are a lot of variables in between the alarm clock and meĀ reaching for my car keys, the biggest of which is when our three kids decide to wake up. Continue reading “Didn’t See Him”

The Institution of Marriage

Recently, a good friend shared an article thatĀ  was published in the New York edition of the New York Times that was laterĀ reposted online and appears on the New York Time’s websiteĀ (tinyurl.com/nsyb3gk). The article is titled “The Divorce Surge Is Over, but the Myth Lives On” andĀ  discusses how, despite the drop in the divorce rate, the media and public at large continues to throw around the “50% of all marriages end in divorce” statistic. This led to a discussion of just how tricky statistic can be and how difficult it can be to overcome held assumptions (aka perceptions). In my doctoral dissertation I wrote about marriage and divorce in America and thought I would share some of that here today. Continue reading “The Institution of Marriage”