Twenty-eighteen hasn't been the happiest of years for my family (so far), though we have still managed to have some pockets of fun in the midst of struggle. Both the lovely Mrs. Newton and I have battled illnesses — acute and chronic — and racked up a few thousand dollars in physicians bills and prescription … Continue reading Of Fireworks, Frailty & Family Adventures: A Summer Life Update
Oh, that treacherous kingdom of What If! That world of unknown and possibilities! That place where contemplative, thoughtful and tender-hearted people get stuck and then wiped out by the enemy's emotional snowball!
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves... You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had ... (From Philippians 2:3-5) This past Lenten season (Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday), our church replaced our normal corporate prayer time with … Continue reading Learning to Practice Humility in a World of Pride
In the springtime, beauty breaks into the barrenness to remind us that all is not lost in this world. To remind us that God has not abandoned us to cold and heartbreak and foolishness. That things may be void of leaves for a season — bare branches — but they are not necessarily dead. Indeed, they are merely waiting for the command to come alive!
Happy Palm Sunday! Seven years ago I wrote a pithy blog on one of my favorite parts of Jesus' Triumphal Entry — the threat of stones crying out. Here is a re-post in honor of the start of Holy Week. Palm Sunday is today. It's the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem to the fanfare … Continue reading Does a Singing Stone Gather No Moss? (A Palm Sunday Reflection)
So I had this neck procedure thing on Thursday morning. Nothing major; just a burning of nerve endings to several of my vertebrae in hope of finding some pain relief. I struggle with back, head and joint pain every day, so I figured that if I can find help with just one of those issues, … Continue reading To Do or To Do Not? Umm… Do Not. So Says My Doctor.