by Bob Allen: Life has too much sand to offer our thirst. The arid climate of life dries up whatever reserves we possess, shriveling our water-skins as we drink what we have managed to hold back. Moment by moment, we toil to preserve enough to wet our whistles, desperate to saturate our throats with a … Continue reading Balm for the Parched
by Paul List: "When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die." These words are from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book The Cost of Discipleship. When I first read through the Bible, I was struck at the numerous examples of God calling people out of their ordinary lives, and into a strange, foreign and seemingly uncertain life. The … Continue reading The Costly Call
by Bob Allen: Consider Dave. He’s not a real guy, but he’s all too real at the same time. Dave, a Christian, pursues a holy life, reads his Bible, prays, goes to church, and lives the best he knows how. He’s not a “punch-list” believer who does things because he knows he should. Dave genuinely … Continue reading The Value of Silence
Sunday comes. We gather. We sing. The savor of Christ the aroma of grace the scent of salvation the essence of love the power of the Creator unfurled through melody, and harmony, and rhythm producing songs proclaiming truth, laying hearts bare, turning eyes toward our longings. Pictures of mercy of submission of sacrifice of grace … Continue reading The Songs We Sing
by Paul List: Our world has been full of negative news recently. The virus pandemic has changed so many aspects of life around the globe it is hard to think of life ever going back to normal. The way we work, learn and even worship has been altered to some degree or another. Bible camps, … Continue reading Respond with Prayer
by Bob Allen: A potent cocktail of fear mixed with outrage mingled with sorrow swirled with helplessness sloshes around my soul, suffocating my every thought, every word. Here’s what’s true: This world is broken. White. Black. Hispanic. Asian. Wealthy. Middle class. Poor. Immigrant. Exile. Refugee. Citizen. Everyone must learn that truth. I’ve learned it is … Continue reading When There Are No Words…
by Bob Allen: Despite growing up in church, as a teenager “the gospel” was merely what I needed to know to get to heaven, not for my day-to-day existence. As such, I spent much of young adulthood groaning under the weight of my brokenness. When I could bear the pain of my past, and to … Continue reading Psalm 70 – A Reflection
by Paul List: In these days of fear and uncertainty, the world's opinions spin and turn on a dime. One expert says this; another expert says that, like the seasons, men change their opinion and attitude often and predictably. It is predictable that seasons of change come. Everything in life is changing constantly, what was … Continue reading Take 26 of These and Call Me in the Morning.