“This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.

Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.” Gen. 2:24-25, NLT

“Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.” Eph. 5:3-4

Most merciful, Creator God, on this Valentine’s Eve, we come to you, weighed down by the sexual insanity of this world, deeply broken over our own deceitful lust and greed, and profoundly thankful for your everlasting mercy.Read the rest

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In my ongoing study of Ephesians, I continue to be happily confronted with God’s story of grace. Join me today for a quick look into the gospel call of Ephesians 4.

Gospel realities:
Through Christ we are made right with God.
We can’t do anything to make God love us anymore than he already does.

Also, gospel reality:
We are called to “walk in a manner worthy of our calling” (Eph. 4:1). 

My son and I recently helped my 81-year-old dad select and acquire a new cell phone.Read the rest


Every now and then, I go back to the archives and find something really fascinating that’s worth sharing again. This story from 2012 surprised me, and I’ll explain why at the end. 

At about 7:15 this morning, I prayed a very specific prayer. I asked God for a productive two and a half hours before a slew of appointments began. In my mind, this productivity would include trashing old files consuming space on my computer and trying to make my Dragon dictation program work.… Read the rest

Throughout history, women have exchanged stories and supported one another in their calling. (Camille Pisarro, from Metropolitan Museum of Art Online)

For years, I have been writing, teaching, and coaching about the importance of sharing story in community. It is my calling; it is my work; it is my passion. But years ago, when I was training to pursue this mission, there were times I struggled with the process. I doubted my calling; I wanted to give up. On one of these nights, I was meeting with the women in my  Bible study for a story feast. Our topic was “The Death of a Dream.” I shared my story, and they responded.… Read the rest


These last few weeks, I’ve been busy working on a new Bible study on Ephesians, so here less often to post. But as I study Ephesians 2:11-22 today, I just have to share some of this wonderful good news. As we remember the peacemaking efforts and triumphs of Martin Luther King Jr., as we continue to reflect on what peace in 2014 and beyond look like, Ephesians and others bring words to bear. Here are just a few….

“Peace through Grace” John Stott’s summary of Ephesians.

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