For Battle

In Psalm 18, the king faces enemies who are “too mighty” for him (v17). Can you admit when you are facing an enemy “too mighty” to overcome in your own strength? And if you do find yourself facing this ki...

Psalms: A User’s Guide

What do you want more of in 2020? Of all the things you might say (money, happiness, cowbell), I’m guessing poetry didn’t top your list. Much less ancient Hebrew poetry. But for thousands of years, a c...

Unshakeable

Sunday is a rare day because it is one of the few Sundays in our lifetime when we will have the opportunity to worship on the final Sunday of a decade. And even though some would say the turning of a decade ...

Him and Us

Though the stories of Matthew 2 are familiar to many of us, the world in which they occur can seem far-off and foreign. A baby heralded as a miraculous Messiah? Migrating magi? A murderous king? To me, these ch...

The “With-Us” God

“With” is a wily word. It can mean “in the presence of,” as in “My dog is with me in the living room.” It can mean “because of,” as in “My cheeks were red with embarrassment.” It can mean “on the same ...

Who is with us?

Even as I write this email, 400+ middle school students, high school leaders, and adult volunteers are on their way to Fallout, our annual Grace Student Ministries winter retreat. And if you’ve ever gone on a c...

Behold, God With Us

Every year in our culture and in our homes, the season of Christmas kindles a warm-hearted expectation of family together. For some, this expectation finds sweet fulfillment in the travels and traditions of Dec...

The Critical Call for Missional Family

This week, we wrap up our series on the book of Romans, “Together for Good.” We’ll meet the Apostle Paul’s missional family as we walk through this final chapter. It’s a beautiful and unusual section that reads...