Called to the Impossible

I haven’t forgotten that two months ago I started a conversation here about loving God—heart, soul, mind, and strength. But—with teaching and speaking and homeschooling and life—I’ve been finding it difficult to fit blogging into the mix. This might also be a good time to mention that I’m also working on another book! I’m so excited—especially since, just last week, […]

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The Greatest Lesson Ever Learned

It began as a test. In Mark chapter 12 a group of religious leaders descended on Jesus and peppered Him with questions—for the purpose of trapping Him. They drilled Him on tricky subjects, such as taxes and the resurrection. And Jesus—confident and compassionate and clear—answered each one. Eventually, one man stepped out from the crowd. This scribe had been listening […]

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For the Freshmen

Yesterday was move-in day at Moody. This morning I am in my office, watching a thunderstorm roll through and preparing to meet a new class of freshmen for New Student Orientation. I spent much of my (long, stormy) commute praying for them. And as I pulled into the parking garage, I remembered the prayer that I wrote last year at this […]

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Lift Up Your Eyes

I asked God for a house showing. I didn’t pray for a contract. I didn’t need an offer. Just one showing would do. It seemed to me like a simple fleece.   Let me back up a minute. You might remember that in February we started to homeschool our son, Daryl (7). (Hence, my three-month silence here at This Odd […]

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The Savior of the World

Last week I had the honor of speaking during one of the afternoon sessions at Founder’s Week, an annual Bible Conference at Moody Bible Institute. The theme for the week was “No One Like Him” from Isaiah 40, a powerful passage that details what our Lord has done as Creator and Sustainer of the universe. “With whom, then, will you compare God?” I chose to preach from John chapter 4 where the Son of God encounters a Samaritan woman by a well. I love how He meets her and speaks into her life, right where she’s at, and then He so patiently and gently draws her into a truer understanding of who He is. I pray that as you listen He does the same with you.

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For All the Freshmen

They arrived today. With their baskets of bedding and their neat stacks of notebooks and their brand new jeans. They came to our campus with their snarled up stomachs and their wide wet eyes and all of their hopes and dreams. They arrived with their siblings and parents and friends, who filled up their fridges and helped settle their stuff. […]

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So Long, Sweet Summer

  Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. Like your name, O God, your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is filled with righteousness. Mount Zion rejoices, the villages of Judah are glad because of your judgements. Walk about Zion, go around her, count her towers, Consider well her ramparts, view […]

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