Pain and the Peace of Christ

Daniel has had a difficult life. When he was a child he was removed from his parents’ house and placed in a group home, where he was molested by one or more of the employees. He aged out of the foster system and developed serious mental disorders, including chronic depression and paranoid schizophrenia. He receives … Continue reading Pain and the Peace of Christ

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The Good News of God’s Faithfulness in My Neighborhood

Something incredible has happened in my neighborhood over the past few years: It has gotten better.  I don’t have any statistics to back that up, but I’m here every day and I see it and feel it.  The local churches are actively ministering to the poor on a relational level.  The city has invested in … Continue reading The Good News of God’s Faithfulness in My Neighborhood

The Cost of Discipleship – Pt. 1

Several years ago, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a book called The Cost of Discipleship. The overarching theme of the book was that the grace of God is costly, demanding everything from the Christian disciple. He contrasts this costly grace with cheap grace, the type of grace that doesn’t transform the disciple, but allows the “Christian" to … Continue reading The Cost of Discipleship – Pt. 1

“If It Cries” – Why Jesus Doesn’t Abandon the Lost

I’ve known Trevor and Karen for a couple of years. They aren’t married, but they have two children together. Karen was adopted from the foster system when she was ten years old. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t struggle with alcohol or substance abuse. Trevor, on the other hand, is the youngest of … Continue reading “If It Cries” – Why Jesus Doesn’t Abandon the Lost