Topical Writing

Encouragement to Caregivers

Max wrote this article for offering encouraging words to family and friends enduring difficult challenges. Help Through Hard more

On 9/12 We Ran to God

Originally published September 12, 2011 on On 9/11 we ran for cover. On 9/12 we ran to God. Churches overflowed. Synagogues wer more

The Write Stuff

Special thanks to the Christian Writers Guild for sharing Max’s talk. We like to envision him as an old man with young eyes, wild hair, and more

Why Does God Allow War?

Some of you love to work with jigsaw puzzles. You take a jumble of disconnected pieces and arrange them in the right order. Certain folks are so more

Wanted: A Few Good Shepherds – A Biblical Study of Church Leadership

Chapter One – Who Will Lead Us? A story came my way about a couple of stray dogs in St. Louis County. Bob Lyner tells how the male and female would more

A Picture of Patience

Come with me to Paris, France, 1954. Elie Wiesel is a correspondent for a Jewish newspaper. A decade earlier he was a prisoner in a Jewis more

The God Who Won’t Give Up

Not everyone in Jesus’ world gave him a warm welcome. Not everyone received him with grace. And many didn’t just ignore him, they rejected more

Receive First, Give Second

What do you do when you’re low on love? Do you try to conjure it up by the sheer force of will? As if there is within us a distillery of affection more

Do I Applaud What Is Right?

The summer before my eighth-grade year I made friends with a guy named Larry. He was new to town, so I encouraged him to go out for our schoo more

Jesus’ Hand Will Touch You Too

The old guy at the corner hasn’t seen him. The woman selling the figs hasn’t either. Jesus described him to the scribes at the gate and the kids more

Passing the Test

Real love changes people. After all, didn’t God’s love change you? Weren’t you blind? You couldn’t see beyond the grave. You couldn’t s more

Prayer: A Heavenly Invitation

Opening the Windows When a believing person prays, great things happen. (James 5:16) Imagine yourself in a dark room. Windows closed. Curtains more

Dark Country of Divorce

It touches each of us, sooner or later. A friend, a brother, a co-worker, or perhaps, you. If you haven’t been affected by divorce, you probably more

Your Place at God’s Table

You’re in Bethany. The home of Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha. Peer through the window…what do you see? There’s Martha, sleeves more

Come Home, God is Calling

Not a pretty sight, the pigpen of sin. Filth. Smelly. Rottenness that sticks to your skin, mats your hair, and fills your soul. It’s hard, oh so more