Good Friday

Dear Jesus: There are television and movie depictions of the suffering you endured on this day over 2000 years ago, and I can barely watch. The pain and trauma you endured goes beyond my realm of comprehension, especially since You did nothing wrong ~ You chose to willingly lay Your life down so I would have victory in this life. Forgive me if at times it seems as though I am almost calloused … [Read more...]

Giving Back

Mike's playing days afforded him much more free time than his coaching days do, so events added to the calendar are given long, hard consideration before being confirmed. This year, when his presence was requested at TURN, a reformation project taking place at Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana, he jumped at the chance to spend a weekend at the maximum security prison. He had one caveat, … [Read more...]

The Lenten Season, pt. 4

The stores have their Easter goodies displayed front and center, shopping carts are stocked with sunscreen and travel-size toiletries in preparation for Spring Break getaways, and the air is electric with excitement for the first day of Spring and its potential for warmer temperatures. I, too, have caught Spring Fever, yet in all of the holiday hubbub, I want to be cautious not to overlook the … [Read more...]

The Lenten Season, pt. 3

Eleven years ago when I first started studying the passage in Deuteronomy 28, I was struck by the detailed accounts of the sicknesses listed among the curses. I had no idea the quagmire I'd be stepping into as I studied the depths of the meaning, referencing and cross-referencing, when I naively shared my new-found understanding with a Bible Study group I was leading. I excitedly shared that … [Read more...]