Burning Anger

I concluded some time ago that I will almost certainly meet my demise in a fiery wreck of some sort. I can’t tell you the number of near-catastrophic crashes I’ve experienced in my car, on my bike, or on foot. These have ranged from rabid dogs to swerving...

When we want to quit

For me, one of the most surreal stories in all Scripture involves the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 19. To understand how crazy this story is, we need to start in 1 Kings 18. After 3 1/2 years without rain, things came to a head in Israel. The King, under the strict thumb...

Losing Control

Something that seems to quickly send people into a panic is losing their phone,  if even for just a moment. I know from personal experience that losing sight of my phone, even for the shortest of times, creates a sense of terror within me. Without my phone, I lose my...

Judged in our place

As we head into Easter, I want to encourage us to spend time preparing to celebrate the atoning death and victorious resurrection of Christ Jesus. I have found the lack of reflecting upon the events of Holy Week to be a vital element missing in the Nicaraguan...

Off-limits from God

One day I took my car in for service here in Managua (the capital of Nicaragua) and, in an extreme rarity for me, I actually arrived early. Because the garage was not yet open I drove around the area for a bit to kill time. As I drove around I turned onto a random...