Between Two Trees: Homecoming

The Bible ends where it begins… in a garden, with the tree of life. But not as it was known in our lives, with the shadow of death looming over us – this time – this forever, is in union with the light of life.“And then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the...

Between Two Trees: Oldie but Goodie…

As a pastor, I’ve heard a lot of excuses “why” someone doesn’t want to visit a church, my favorite is “man, you all are so old-fashioned, so old school and judgmental”. Oh, to be hip, modern, and of course not “judgmental”. Recently, I got a lot of push back and...

Between Two Trees: Hidden

Everyone has played a variation of the childhood game “Hide & Seek” at least once… it is played by every culture all across the world. In Nigeria, it’s called ‘oro’, in Ecuador it’s ‘escandidas’, in Bolivia ‘tuja’, and in ancient Greece ‘kryfto’. The rules are...

Between Two Trees: Separated

It’s difficult to wrap your mind around, but we were not created for pain and suffering. This is why the unexpected death of a loved one or a malefic disease like cancer is so hard to fathom… after all a ‘Loving God’ would not do that, right? God intended for us to be...

Between Two Trees: Into the Light

Like all languages, pay enough attention and patterns emerge distinct contours common to all who use the grammar, and the language of death is no different. As Jesus and the disciples found themselves face to face with one so comfortable with the language of death he...