Chess: Increasing Small Advantages

Given that in-person chess has effectively ceased this year due to COVID-19, my “fire” for chess has waned. Still, notice how the amazing chess artist Mikhail Tal turns a small advantage into a great attack. Observe this position. What do you notice about it? Notice that black has a tremendous space advantage. Look at white’s pieces–most of them on the […]

Confession at Thanksgiving

Heavenly Father, with grief and hatred of our sin we come before you now. We confess that we have sinned against you. We have broken your law and deserve your full wrath against our sin, except for our Savior, Jesus Christ. Specifically, we confess our forgetfulness of your many blessings. You have made us, sent Christ to die for our […]

More than Conquerors

Yesterday as I reflected on Isaiah’s amazing words, it struck me that God’s promise to be with us in the fire and waters changes the way we look at the fire and water – the trials of life. We don’t fear them. But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: […]

A Higher Power at Work

My children and I are enjoying listening to Where the Red Fern Grows together. After the boy gets his puppies, he reflects on God’s providence: Still mumbling names over and over, I glanced up. There, carved in the white bark of a sycamore tree, was a large heart. In the center of the heart were two names, “Dan” and “Ann.” […]

A Prayer for Evangelism

Pure and Holy Triune God, We confess this day that we have failed in various ways to uphold your law. Particularly, we have shrunk away from sharing the gospel. We confess that even our zeal for evangelism has at times been mere posturing. Our fear of rejection and persecution, of ridicule and mockery has given us pause. We have not […]