Posted on: February 16, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0


The question confronted me again this weekend: “What’s your book about?” I’ve stumbled over a number of minimally-satisfying answers, but Valentine’s Day prompts me to try a new approach. Relentless Grace is about LOVE.

Posted on: February 13, 2009 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Relentless Gratitude

When it comes to listening to God, I’m a decidedly slow learner. It usually seems that He has to “prompt” me a number of times before I get the message. I’m trying to learn that when I encounter the same thought multiple times, perhaps I ought to pay attention.

Posted on: February 7, 2009 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Sparkle or Light?

A friend reminded me yesterday of the subtle, subversive nature of sin. He pointed out how the world offers many shiny promises of hope and fulfillment. Money, possessions, and accomplishments dangle before us constantly, cleverly tempting us to swallow the lure of false security.

Posted on: January 30, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Make Room For The Cross

I like metaphors. Perhaps I’m a bit simple-minded, but I’ve encountered a few metaphors that seem to help me as I stumble my way along my path. One illustration that incorporates a lot of meaning in many circumstances is The Story of the Jar. I won’t repeat the story, but …

Posted on: January 29, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

My Pain’s Worse Than Yours

Everybody’s got a story. As I listen to reader reactions to Relentless Grace, I’m more convinced than ever of this truth: everybody’s got a story.

Posted on: January 23, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Sitting At His Feet

Last week I wrote about The Story of the Jar. I won’t repeat the story, but please click the link if you’re not familiar with this metaphor. As I’ve discussed this demonstration with various groups, I’m always struck by the variety of lessons that emerge. Today I’d like to think …

Posted on: January 19, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0


I recall Martin Luther King as a scary figure.  Unrest and violence seemed to surround him. As a kid I really didn’t appreciate the significance of the issues, didn’t recognize the injustice. I grew up in the mostly white Midwest, and all I saw was disruption to what seemed a …

Posted on: January 16, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Lessons From The Jar

A teacher stood before his class. On a table the students observed a large glass jar and a pile of fist-sized rocks. He carefully placed as many rocks into the jar as possible and asked the students to acknowledge that no more rocks would fit. Then he reached under the table, …

Posted on: January 12, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0


One interesting aspect of working with young adolescents involves observing their efforts to discover and define their identity. It’s a fascinating, often painful, and frequently humorous developmental challenge for each individual.

Posted on: January 10, 2009 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0


“Life won’t ever be normal again.”“The way it used to be” wasn’t normal either, because normal is an illusion. Every life is different, every set of circumstances unique. The good old days weren’t perfect. Blessings and trials coexist in all situations.Question: Have you experienced a change that made you feel …

Posted on: January 9, 2009 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Choices That Define

If I’ve learned anything from the accident that confined me to a wheelchair, it’s the principle that my journey is not the product of luck or fate or blind random chance. The path I follow is determined by my choices.

Posted on: January 8, 2009 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

The Illusion Of Normal

I’ve been following the progress of two friends who currently struggle with life-altering medical situations. Both express their grief over the loss of “normal life.” I’ve been there; paralysis destroys anything resembling normal. I wasted many years lamenting the fact that I’d never be “normal” again. I’ve learned slowly and …