A Family of Fighters

A Family of Fighters

I wept with aching joy last year when I received mini boxing gloves from one of Eli’s uncles. “Little” and “Warrior” are embroidered on each hand, the nickname we gave our son because he regularly had his fists raised during ultrasounds. He did it so...
Lamenting Now

Lamenting Now

“A church that goes on singing happy songs in the face of raw reality is doing something very different from what the Bible itself does.” – Walter Bruegemann Right now, in the midst of this global pandemic, the weight of isolation is increasing. The case count...
Steadfastness

Steadfastness

James 1:2 is one of several verses that circulates in the face of suffering, one that’s getting more airtime now as we respond to this pandemic. “Count it all joy, brothers, when you face trials of various kinds.” But we can easily misinterpret James’ words as a...
The Reason

The Reason

I will not grasp for the purpose in my son’s death. I will not try to find the meaning behind his passing. Though I’m confident that Christ’s glory and redemption will have the final word, it feels futile to ponder the particulars on this side of heaven. The eternal...
Bold Groaning

Bold Groaning

When Christians speak about suffering, Romans 8:28 often rises to the surface: “We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” The pull towards this promise should come as no surprise. It’s a...