Author Archives: John Ortberg

Between Despair and Joy

Between Despair and Joy

So far as we know, there has only been one day in the last two thousand years when literally not one person in the world believed Jesus was alive. On Saturday morning after Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples wake after not having slept for two days. The city that was screaming for blood the day before is quiet. Crowds

Think Great Thoughts

One Saturday night our house was assaulted by an odor so indescribably noxious we had to evacuate. We figured it was a gas leak and called both the gas company and the fire department. As it turned out, a skunk had gotten very close to our house. I made a few phone calls, but no

Soul Keeping: What Is The Soul?

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world,

Community — Everybody’s Weird

To make a start where we are, we must recognize that our world is not normal, but only usual at present. — DALLAS WILLARD Community is the place where the person you least want to live with always lives. — HENRI NOUWEN We are tempted to live under the illusion that somewhere out there are people who

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