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No Matter What

Not many of you know this about me, but I absolutely adore my kids. Well, maybe you did know that, but I don’t think you understand how much. Let me try to explain. ********* One of my kids got off…

I will write my law on their hearts.

Teaching math has a way of bringing up interesting interactions and emotions. I have said many times that the more significant work I do is with the psychology of a student and not with math. When I am working with…

Most Important

What is your most important thing? Sometimes what we say is our most important thing differs from what our actions say. Jesus boiled all the complexities of Torah down to loving God and loving others as the most important thing.…

Great Expectations

In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. (Psalm 5:3, NIV)   Expectations are tricky things. They can produce excitement about the future; anticipation can add…

Come and Sit by Me

When nothing is as it should be And everything’s all out-of-wack, Come, take rest, cut yourself slack, Come and sit by me. When you’re tired of making them happy And they won’t look out for you, Come, in peace, stop…

Struggling with Joy

The third week of Advent is about joy. Joy is hard. We use the word joy to mean pleasure and happiness. I am supposed to be filled with joy, but I often feel anxiety, frustration, and depression. In a way,…

Crumbs on a Rock

This past summer I did a lot of landscaping in my yard. Part of it involved setting stepping stones into place. More than once I found myself trying to move a rock that just would not budge. Then I would…

Break a Rule

The theme for OTC faculty this year is “Break a Rule”. When this was first introduced, there were a good amount of uncertainties surrounding it. People don’t really need to be encouraged to break the rules. Or do they? We…

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

I love this time of year. Three of my favorite holidays are found in these final months of the calendar year: Halloween, the best holiday, with its opportunity to be a light in the darkness and to remember our mortality;…

My #1 Tip for Spiritual Growth

I’ve been on an adventure to grow as a follower of Jesus for several decades now.   I’ve tried a lot of different ways to continue to grow and become more and more like Jesus, who seemed to captivate everyone…