The Privileged Life: The Call to Compassion

“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another...” (1 Peter 3:8a) Do you consider yourself to be compassionate? When I want to describe truly compassionate people, I think of pastors, nurses, missionaries, counselors, food pantry volunteers, and others who are “in the trenches” with people who are suffering and need help. I think of... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: The Redemption of Brokenness

“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” Psalm 34:18 Who doesn’t love stained glass windows?  They captivate us, tell us ancient stories, and lift our eyes to worship the God of Light. From lofty, ancient cathedrals to tiny jewel-like chapels around the world, these frozen kaleidoscopes of stained... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: When Thunderstorms Brew…

“The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; the lightnings lit up the world; the earth trembled and shook.” Psalm 77:18 I love thunderstorms...especially after dark, when lightning illuminates our mountains and thunder echoes hollowly in the treetops. Just beautiful. Of course, I prefer to be indoors while enjoying them. But I’ve been outside before and very... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: Spies Like Us

“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel....’” (Numbers 13:1-2a)  James Bond. Mission: Impossible. Charlie’s Angels. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Jack Ryan. Harriet. Those names should invoke images of spies, secret agents, and all kinds of clandestine activities. Well, fictional ones... Continue Reading →

The Privileged Life: The “Nancy Drew Syndrome”

“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22b There’s a “clue in the old books.” And it’s a mysterious syndrome.... I’m talking about Nancy Drew, sleuth extraordinaire and paragon of all teenage fictional heroines.  Nancy’s stories arrived on the scene in 1930, authored... Continue Reading →

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