Without a Wound? [True Ministry]

The subject of “the pool at Bethesda” alludes to the following excerpt from the Thorton Wilder play, “The Angel that Troubled the Waters.” The play is based on the biblical verses of John 5:1-4, but it changes the end of the parable. I first encountered this excerpt within the book “Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart […]

Furnace People Understand Suffering

“I have refined you, but not as silver is refined.   Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.“ Isaiah 48:10 “Once we have come through the ‘furnace of humiliation,’ desperately, fearfully clinging to Christ for all He is worth, then we are fully equipped to march into somebody else’s furnace.” ‘Blessed with Bipolar” […]

We Plead for Good Pastors

I always felt that being a pastor was a lot like this Within our personal issues of vulnerability, there are usually troubling problems. These are bruised and painful areas, things that result in terrible devastation in our lives and loved ones. Here are just a few of them: alcoholism and drug abuse mental illnesses homosexuality […]

A Sound Mind

“A sound mind.” For some of us that doesn’t seem remotely possible. We’ve come to believe this is only true for others, maybe, but not me. As mentally ill people we seem to think that we shouldn’t be this way. Given enough time our illness becomes fused to our spirit and soul. We buy the lie […]

Drink Offerings, [Service]

“Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.” Philippians 2:17 “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I […]