Tag Archives: Editor’s Introduction

  • 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 […]

  • Knowing God

    God has a problem! Lots of people say they believe in God, but they don’t really know who He is. To many children, God is something of a cross between a superhero and a friendly old wizard with a long white beard. Superman meets Dumbledore. As we grow up, God seems to “graduate” into a […]

  • To the world and yourself

    The Bible teaches that we are responsible to do our best with the talents and abilities that God has given us.1 He has entrusted us with skills, resources, time, energy, minds, and spirits, and we’ll find the greatest satisfaction when we invest them in things that please God and that are aligned with His plan. […]

  • Best friend forever

    The Bible lets us know that we can expect to go through some difficult times while we’re on this earth.1 The good news is that it also promises that we won’t have to go through them alone. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”2 “I […]

  • Facing the unknown—together

    Like most people, I like predictability. Change can mean stepping into the unknown and losing my comfortable routine, and that’s frightening. It also means I have to give up some control. That’s scary too. Even when you prepare as well as you can, there are so many factors involved that you just can’t control them […]

  • A Christian’s hope

    Most people understand hope as wishful thinking, as in I hope something will happen. But this is not what the Bible means by hope. In the Bible, hope is used in the sense of “joyful and confident expectation.”1 Maybe you hope for good things to happen, or like me sometimes, you tend to rather hope […]

  • A tale of two riddles

    The other day, someone sent me a list of riddles, which led to the realization that I’m not very good at riddles. I figure I need practice, so I’ve been testing the patience of those around me, thinking up riddles of my own, some better than others. Here’s one: What do a picnic in Wales, […]

  • Building the future

    The end of a year is a good time to take stock of things, a chance for us to reflect on all that has happened over the last twelve months. It can be a bittersweet time, as there are experiences and people that have moved into our past. But the end also brings a new […]

  • Full of wonder

    The story of the first Nativity scene is a well-known Christmas staple: Saint Francis of Assisi is traditionally believed to have asked the citizens of the village of Grecchio, in 1223, to play the characters in the Nativity. What’s certain is that these “living cribs” became highly popular and the tradition spread around the world. […]

  • Hard times

    At the time I’m writing this, my car has been giving me trouble. It’s been like this for a while; and whenever it seems like it’s fixed, it’s not long before something goes wrong again. It’s already cost quite a bit of time and money, and it’s looking like more will be required before the […]

  • The challenge of change

    For many people, coming to know and accept Christ is a life-changing event. For example, immediately after he met and talked with Jesus, Zacchaeus’ entire life was turned around.1 In a matter of days, Saul went from “threatening with every breath and eager to destroy every Christian”2 to preaching the gospel as the apostle Paul. […]

  • Mountain movers

    I’ve always wondered what Jesus meant when He said, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move.”1 I’ve never heard of mountains moving—and I’ve certainly never moved a mountain—so why did He choose that analogy? Over time, […]