Word of Truth, Word of Life

Word of Truth, Word of Life

How a Psalm redeemed a mom, and saved a little boy’s life. There were only a few days left in the second semester of my junior year in college when Beth (not her true name) sat down across from me over breakfast in an empty dining hall. We had become friends during the semester because we preferred early breakfasts, when most students were still sleeping.

Word of Truth, Word of Life

How a Psalm redeemed a mom, and saved a little boy’s life. There were only a few days left in the second semester of my junior year in college when Beth (not her true name) sat down across from me over breakfast in an empty dining hall. We had become friends during the semester because we preferred early breakfasts, when most students were still sleeping.

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Word of Truth, Word of Life

Word of Truth, Word of Life

How a Psalm redeemed a mom, and saved a little boy’s life. There were only a few days left in the second semester of my junior year in college when Beth (not her true name) sat down across from me over breakfast in an empty dining hall. We had become friends during the semester because we preferred early breakfasts, when most students were still sleeping.

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What You Take Takes You

What You Take Takes You

In my memoir, A Road of Unimagined Adventure, I recount a life-altering conversation with author and missionary Norman Grubb. For one hour Dr. Grubb counseled me—60 minutes that influenced me for the rest of my life. This would be the only time I talked with Dr....

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Notice of Demolition

Notice of Demolition

In July of 1965, my parents sold my childhood home in Pacific Palisades, California. The new owner, a university professor, lived in the house until he died in 2020. Over the years I occasionally visited my old neighborhood, noticing something peculiar: the house looked exactly as it did the day I moved out

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The Breath of God

The Breath of God

Ernest Hemingway once said, “All stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true storyteller who would keep that from you.” 

Well, this story begins with a death.

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The Garage

The Garage

You could say this book is a story inspired by minimalism—discarding the superfluous. As I sorted through decades of photos, I came to see a clearer sense of my life. But this is not about my life so much as God’s life in me, because the patterns and principles that make my life meaningful are available to anyone. This is the story of how God works in all of us when we allow him access.

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My $100,000 Cup Of Coffee

My $100,000 Cup Of Coffee

Back in 2002, when pastoring a church in Palm Desert, California, I frequently met with members to talk about their relationship with Jesus Christ at Espresso-to-a-Tea, a local coffee shop. Sometimes I’d strike up conversations with complete strangers, listening to...

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Monoliths and Myths

Monoliths and Myths

Speaking the truth in a loving and respectful way with people who have fundamentally different worldviews isn’t always easy. During my senior year at the University of Southern California I enrolled in an upper division evolution course taught by the renowned biogerontologist Bernard Strehler.

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