Mid-Year Best Books

Typically, best book lists come at the end of the year. But because everyone (including me) is spending more time at home and possibly more time reading, I thought I would share some of the books that have blessed me over the last six months.   Yours Jack: Spiritual Direction from C. S. Lewis by C….

Why You Should Listen to Pilgrim’s Progress

In response to our strangely interrupted world, my Bible study group began meeting on Zoom. Since not everyone joined on Zoom, we decided to look for something new to read and return to our regular study when we could meet in person. The book we chose to study was John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. A few…

A Garden Discovery

I know the Bible gets deeper and wider the more we read it. Many truths are like gold that we have to dig and search for, as Solomon describes the way to seek wisdom as silver or hidden treasures in Proverbs 2. But other insights are given to us like nuggets lying on the surface…

Pleasant lines?

“The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places.” Psalm 16:6 This verse struck me with special force yesterday in my daily reading of the M’Cheyne plan. I have certainly thought about this psalm before, for David’s words have a particularly powerful way of directly confronting one of my besetting sins: discontent. Many times as…

A Selah Moment

We thought it might be a few weeks, now it seems like it may be a few months, or even longer. The world has slowed down, stopped. Highway 101 near our home is almost empty. Even the parks, once full of moms and kids, are now empty. Recently I had the path on the ocean…

Purge Me with Hyssop

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7 As the M’Cheyne Bible reading plan has led us through the book of Exodus, I was struck by how the word intricately is always used to describe the ephod, the special priestly garment woven of…

Thoughts on Moses and COVID-19

The Power of Intercession and a God who Relents Today, as part of the M’Cheyne reading plan, I read Exodus 32, which describes God’s wrath when the Israelites began worshipping the golden calf while Moses is on the mountain. In response, God tells Moses that he will wipe out the people, and offers to start…

Thoughts on Habakkuk

Make the Vision Plain, the name of my  website, comes  from a verse in Habakkuk: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. Habakkuk 2:2 I’ll have to admit that I chose this theme verse because it was about writing, which seemed a natural fit. Writing is what…