Archives, Biography, Orlando

A Bit Like Balaam’s Ass

I have often heard it said that if God could make himself heard through Balaam’s ass, he could make himself heard through anything.  But this is getting ridiculous. My last two weeks were spent at Northern Seminary, walking students through nuances of the Chronicles of Narnia as they illustrate human sin and struggle and god-like grace.  The picture… Continue reading A Bit Like Balaam’s Ass

Archives, Biography, Wheaton

No Glass Ceiling

No Glass Ceiling, an audio blog with Carla Waterman A spiritual desert affords the undistracted time and space to recognize and confront temptation, whether from cultural messages, our own vulnerabilities, or in the enemy of our souls.   But the desert provides another opportunity: it is a fiery place where our desires can be purified.  Jesus… Continue reading No Glass Ceiling

Archives, Biography, Wheaton

A Bonsai of Righteousness

When I was teaching in Thailand, we called them “Teak of Righteousness”–Oaks are not native to Thai soil. But this morning I found myself praying with a wry smile and said to the Lord, “If you are making me a Bonsai of righteousness, I will not fight you.” My life has been pruned back so… Continue reading A Bonsai of Righteousness

Biography, Pondering

Welcome to the Wilderness

Even though I love nature, I’m not much of a camper.  I still remember the night when I was about eight, lying in a tent in a “beautiful” site we had procured rather late in the day somewhere in the Rockies …only to discover the site had not been previously taken for an excellent reason: trains… Continue reading Welcome to the Wilderness

Archives, Biography, Pondering, Wheaton

April Dew

Earlier this month I found myself standing in front of a group of women introducing my long-time colleague in ministry, Reggie Kidd.  In attempting to set the context, I quoted the beginning of Psalm 133: “ Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers (and sisters) dwell together in unity.”  And I was reminded of the… Continue reading April Dew

Archives, Biography, Orlando, Pondering

As A Watchman Who Waits

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.”   Mary waited, as a sword swings constantly before her, and the frantic mother and father looking for a lost twelve-year-old find him unapologetically residing in his Father’s house.  Martha and Mary waited for their friend and Lord to come heal their… Continue reading As A Watchman Who Waits

Archives, Biography, Pondering, Wheaton


Last March I had the incredible privilege of staying in a 14th century Pele tower in Northumbria.  It’s bay-shaped windows faced north toward Scotland in a tower that was originally intended to protect the family fortress from marauders from the north. Unfortunately, it could not protect me from the tiny marauders within.  I’m quite allergic to… Continue reading Breathe