Language (dis)connection

All around me are people, squished and squeezed and packed in tightly, seat by seat, row by row, waiting for takeoff. The woman next to me looks so lost, like she’s frightened a bit and just wishing the trip was over. It seems she knows no English, and I am struck by how my own […]

Prayer for 09/14/10

Lord, thank you for overwhelming me with the power and beauty of your presence. You move me to tears and silence when your Spirit touches mine. The closer you approach across the vastness of your eternity, the smaller I feel. I tremble in spirit at the thought of your majesty, but my heart is giddy […]


“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.” -Psalm 130:5-6 (ESV) I walked in to the sanctuary of the large Korean Assemblies of God church and I could feel it in […]

Small town snapshots

Small to mid-sized towns have a certain charm about them. Perhaps it’s the sense of homey community, or the feeling of history behind each landmark. With big cities, it’s easy to get so focused on the new things and the energy of mass population that you lose sight of the place itself. Not so with the small town. […]

Every Morning

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 Two days ago I returned home from an incredible and inspiring summit of leaders in children’s ministry from around the world. For me, coming back from great gatherings of […]

Fishes in the Sky

I’m sitting in a straight-back chair with a fastened safety belt, 35,000 feet up on a hot summer day. All around me are clouds; the white, puffy, cotton-ball clouds that give young imaginations the best fodder you could ask for. I remember clouds like this from summer afternoons as a boy; from long, hot, lazy […]