Category: Restoration and Renewal

Sin of the Fathers

Today ran across a section of Forming: A Work of Grace that I think shows very clearly how the sins committed against us can distort our world for a lifetime, unless we receive healing from God. When a child grows

When Disgust Was a Virtue

This morning a man came to mind who I worked with many years ago in the computer industry. I never liked him, and he was not easy to like. In fact by the time we parted ways, I had grown

Dread of Making Mistakes

Ran across an old journal entry from October of 2000. I was in the process of accepting a job offer in software support, which should have been a good thing since I had been out of work for a while.

When Pain is a Gift

In reflecting about the past year, my mind drifted back even farther as I began to think of all the things I am grateful for. God has been unbelievably generous to me (as I believe He is to all His children)

Why Love Can Heal Our Soul

All throughout the New Testament, God's incredible love for us is demonstrated over and over. "For God so loved the world…" that He came here to live among us, reveal His heart to us, and do for us what we

He Who Began a Good Work

"Being confident of this very thing, that He who began a god work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Phil.1:6). We begin the Christian life by coming to God and letting Him do

Call Upon Him, While He is Near

"Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near" (Isa.55:6). Familiar words. But today I noticed the context, and my heart was warmed.

Who Was I?

We often find ourselves asking, “Who am I?” But yesterday I was asking God, “Who was I all those years when I did not know who I was?”

Processing Anger

In the Fall of 1985 my life was in shambles, and I located a couple of support groups to help me through that difficult time. The first group was held at an evangelical church in Minneapolis; the second was a

What About Sin?

Christians who are unfamiliar with spiritual formation sometimes wonder why we do not say more about sin and repentance. The reason is that Christian formation has a far broader understanding of repentance than is traditionally taught, and as such, deals