The Stranger, the Bridge, and the Everyday Man

[The following is a work of fiction. The everyday man's resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is merely coincidental. The stranger's resemblance is another matter. -JMS] There once lived an everyday man in the everyday land that everyone else lived in. It was the only land he or anyone else had ever known. Inside... Continue Reading →

Resurrection Surrender

Easter is over, and for many people the death and resurrection story of Jesus will fade into the background for another year. But that fading certainly did not happen with Jesus's eleven apostles, or with the hundreds in Judea who saw the resurrected Jesus and believed, or with the thousands on the day of Pentecost... Continue Reading →

A Cross Ugly and Beautiful

This week, more than any other week, the world looks at Jesus's arrest, trial, and crucifixion. Even those merely familiar with the story know that Jesus didn't try to escape arrest or fight the charges that were brought against him on that Thursday night and Friday morning two thousand years ago. In fact, just before... Continue Reading →

Stealing the Ambulance

A story in Louisville last weekend caught my attention as I was scrolling down my Twitter feed. Apparently someone stole a Bullitt County EMS ambulance outside Jewish Hospital and eventually crashed it into the Home of the Innocents, a center that provides services to at-risk children and families. Fortunately no one was hurt at the... Continue Reading →

The Solution

Several years ago, on a vacation with our family, a friend of mine named Heath pulled out a 3x3x3 puzzle cube. He had learned to solve it and was working on getting faster. I was instantly interested, having spent much time trying to figure out how to solve the original Rubik's cube when it came... Continue Reading →

For the Love of the Word

The other day I finished reading The Lord of the Rings. It wasn't the first time I'd read the famous J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy. It's been a favorite of mine since childhood, and I've read it at least half a dozen times. I love the story, the characters, and the land of Middle-earth. So it didn't... Continue Reading →

How to Have a God-Moment

What truly makes up a God-moment? Some people hang that little phrase on twists of good circumstance and figure that God must have had something to do with what happened to them on that particular day. And while I agree that God is sovereign and can show his power through our circumstances (as well as... Continue Reading →

Level Your Paths

I enjoy running for exercise, and to keep me motivated to run, I sign up for short running events around where I live. Louisville has a robust running community and a lot of events to choose from. But as much as I enjoy running these days, I don't think I would enjoy it nearly as... Continue Reading →

Myths of a Mean God

In the beloved Christmas movie Home Alone, eight-year-old Kevin believes a rumor that a neighbor, Old Man Marley, is mean and cruel and might even have killed people. So during much of the movie, Kevin avoids Marley, and runs away when he finds himself too close to the old man. But by the end of the... Continue Reading →

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