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What Might God Do While You Wait?

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?      How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul      and have sorrow in my heart all the day? (Psalm 13:1–2) Does David strike a chord with you as he cries out in […]


Obscured by Clouds

A rare super moon appeared in November 2016—the moon in its orbit reached its closest point to the earth in over sixty years and so appeared bigger and brighter than at other times. But for me that day the skies were shrouded in gray. Although I saw photos of this […]


Only the Humble See Heaven

Why is humility so important to God? I mean, it’s really, really important to him. Listen to the kinds of things Jesus said: Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave. (Matthew 20:26–27) Truly, I say to […]


Bearing the Burden of Wrongs

On January 30, 2018, almost thirty-eight years after his conviction, Malcolm Alexander walked out of prison a free man. DNA evidence cleared Alexander, who had steadfastly maintained his innocence amid a myriad of court proceedings that were tragically unjust. An incompetent defense attorney (later disbarred), shoddy evidence, and dubious investigative tactics […]


‘Just Have More Faith’: How Bad Theology Hurts the Suffering

Why does God answer yes to some prayers and no to others? Why does God miraculously heal some people and not others? Why does disaster strike one city and not another? I’ve been pondering these questions since Hurricane Florence devastated much of Eastern North Carolina last year. I live in […]


Hand Made for You

My grandmother was a talented seamstress who won contests in her native Texas. Throughout my life, she celebrated hallmark occasions with a hand-sewn gift. A burgundy mohair sweater for my high-school graduation. A turquoise quilt for my marriage. I’d fold over a corner of each custom-crafted item to discover her […]