Choices, 2022

My guest blogger kicking off the new year is my youngest daughter, Lauren Drapal. She’s our brain injury survivor. She’s also a successful hairdresser in Kansas City - check out her Instagram @hairlikeaqueen. But first and foremost, she loves Jesus. And she’s a pretty good writer, too. She doesn’t have a blog, but posted this…

The Day After Christmas

It's not my season of life to write any new content right now, so I'm re-sharing my attempt at post-Christmas poetry from four years ago. It's every bit as true this Christmas as it was then. -----------—-—----------------------------------------------------- Twas the day after Christmas And all through my brain I can't help but wonder What happened yesterday?…

Start With Christmas

Here’s my Christmas blog post from last year. We just watched this movie last night, and it reminded me why I love it so much. Merry Christmas! —————————————————— Name your favorite Christmas movie! Go! Mine: The Nativity Story. Why? Simple. The three wise men. In this Biblically-accurate retelling of the Gospel story of Jesus' birth,…

Thinking About Thinking: Why Take Your Thoughts Captive?

So you've heard the Apostle Paul's admonition to take your thoughts captive. And you've also heard the world's siren call to let your thoughts run free, and do whatever you want. So why should you choose to bring your thought life in line with God’s Word? It’s simply this: Because God’s Son came to Earth…

Resurrection Sunday +1: When Things Got Real

It's the most important question you'll ever ask yourself. Who is Jesus of Nazareth? It's a two-thousand-year-old question, and it started with the people of Israel when Jesus lived here on earth. In those brief three years of Jesus' public ministry, God led many to quickly recognize Jesus' true identity.  When Jesus came to the…

No. 8 – Walking on a Sunday Afternoon (Luke 24:18-35), Part 2

Epiphany. That's a big word. How about "an a-ha moment?" Whatever you call it, that's what I experienced the day it dawned on me that the Old Testament was all about Jesus. All of the old stories were no longer just allegorical tales about good people. Those stories became signposts, markers that point to Jerusalem,…

No. 8 – Walking on a Sunday Afternoon (Luke 24:18-35)

Let's join in a little "holy imagination...." Cleopas pounded the dust off his sandal, and looked out the window at another Sunday morning in Jerusalem. "If we have to walk home today, at least the weather's decent," he thought, as his wife Mary tied the last bundle to their donkey. It had not been the…

Resurrection Week: On a Cross Beside Jesus (Luke 24:32-43)

I'm thankful every minute of my life that Jesus died for me on that cross.  I know that if God had chosen, he could have punished me for my sins instead of punishing Jesus.  But Christ's atoning death satisfied my sin debt, and the debt of everyone else in the world who believes in Him.  Because…