Volume 17.09 | September 2016

  • Boulders and burdens

    In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was known as a master trickster and the most cunning of men. Eventually, the gods were so displeased with his craftiness and deceitfulness that they condemned him in the afterlife to push a huge boulder up a steep hill. The boulder was enchanted so that Sisyphus has never been able to […]

  • My journals

    I was doing some organization and deep cleaning of my belongings. This is the longest I have ever lived in the same house, and I’ve accumulated a lot of things. In the course of this, I came across a box filled with my old journals. Let me explain. These weren’t journals detailing events of my […]

  • Rocks to roads

    It’s understandable to look at what’s ahead with some trepidation. Maybe as you look back you see the struggles, uncertainty, and perhaps even setbacks that have shaken your life. Sorrows and disappointments that were pretty overwhelming may still weigh on your heart. That can make the future seem intimidating. Here’s the good news! In spite […]

  • Faith does it again!

    When I look back at the crossroads in my life—times when things seemed to have taken a wrong turn or my plans and goals were dealt a severe blow—I realize that my faith played a major role and helped me to weather the adverse circumstances and challenges. Since I’ve worked as a missionary for over […]

  • Surviving a difficult situation

    Those first few minutes while the news sank in were devastating. I felt like my whole world was caving in. Somehow I managed to stumble shakily out of my boss’ office. His words kept reverberating in my head: “Due to the current situation, we’re having to cut back. So we wanted to ask if you […]

  • Paperclip faith

    Did you ever hear about the young man named Kyle MacDonald who traded a paperclip for one item after the other until he was able to get his own house? Surprisingly, it only took him 14 trades to achieve his goal one year after he started. His journey was: clip to pen, to doorknob, to […]

  • The sign

    I must confess that I have never been one who could easily believe in miraculous forms of healing. In fact, I prided myself a bit on being “rational,” “logical,” of which skepticism was an integral part. Perhaps it was also because of feeling that what happens to us is just part of the big game […]

  • The doubt side of my faith

    I grew up thinking that “faith” and “doubt” were opposites. Faith was good. Doubt was bad. With that mindset even questions could be dangerous, as I figured they could lead to doubt. For an intellectually curious person, that is a difficult thing to deal with, and I struggled with it for most of my rememberable […]

  • Asking questions

    Faith is a reasoning trust, a trust which reckons thoughtfully and confidently upon the trustworthiness of God.—John Stott (b. 1921) Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.―Paul Tillich (1886–1965) Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.―Frederick Buechner (b. 1926) The relationship between […]

  • Peaks and valleys

    I recently read C. S. Lewis’ novel The Screwtape Letters, which chronicles a fictional correspondence between a senior devil named Screwtape and a junior devil named Wormwood. These letters include fascinating insight into Satan’s strategies for sabotaging my spiritual growth, relationship with God, and interactions with others. One of the letters explores the ups and downs […]

  • A place of refuge

    “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”1 When the storms blow about you and you are tossed and buffeted and carried to and fro with the winds of tribulation, adversity, and difficulty, come into My place of refuge until these calamities have passed. Rest your […]