A “Chutes and Ladders” Life

Have you ever played the classic board game Chutes and Ladders? Chutes and Ladders is an ancient Indian board game that has become a worldwide classic. It is played between two or more players on a game board having 100 numbered squares which form a grid. A number of “ladders” are pictured on the board, each connecting two specific board squares. …

Embarrassingly Ordinary People

The older I become the more I realize that much of my life has been built upon unrealistic expectations.  I’ve lived under the delusion that life and the world owe me much.  As Philip Gulley puts it, “Many of us believe the world owes us a great deal, are disappointed when it fails to deliver, and think ourselves deprived.”  Wow, …

Preach the Word!

On Saturday Jaime and I were at the theater waiting for our performance to begin as we overheard the women next to us talking. Normally we don’t try and eavesdrop on other people’s conversations, but one of the women was quite boisterous and very animated in expressing her thoughts. Apparently she was upset with her pastor, especially his preaching. The …

Slow to Speak

The Bible says in James 1:19-20: 19 You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.” Did you notice that? The Bible says we must be “slow to speak.” Of course this requires us to be “quick to listen” and it results in being “slow to anger,” …

Time with Jesus

From 1996 through 2000 I spent most of my time deep in the throes of academic study in seminary. We studied biblical languages, theology, Old Testament and New Testament studies and the practicalities of running a church and conducting ministry. It was truly one of the greatest experiences of my life and one for which I am deeply grateful. However, …