• Blog,  Fiction,  Steve Dehner

    Running Across the Street

    In our town there are two great houses that sit across the street from one another, each with very different kinds of families. But they have this in common: they take in children without homes. The Two Houses The first house is the House of Belonging: the parents have one biological son, and scores of adopted children. This son has the charge of inviting any child without home or family to come live there. If a child came to live there, she was asked if she wished join the family. If the child did, the parents drew up an adoption certificate.

  • Blog,  Grief,  Steve Dehner

    Honoring a Life

    One of the biggest gulfs that lies between you the grieving and the others in your life is their pain and sadness is so much less acute, and it fades so much sooner. But even as you work through your grief and the early pain eases, you always feel the loss, the absence, the hole in your life.

  • Blog,  Steve Dehner

    Should I Err on the Side of Grace?

    In the Parable of the Talents (Mt. 25:14-30), when the last servant is defending his choice to bury what his lord had entrusted to him (rather than use it to profitable ends), he begins with, “Lord, I knew you to be hard man…” He was disloyal to his lord, and lazy. But he blames his lord for his inaction, and claims he was afraid of him, because he was harsh and demanding. A hard man. This is sadly the testimony of too many people. Just a few nights ago a widow said that her husband had finally believed in Jesus when he was dying. “But, I don’t know,” she said.…

  • Blog,  Steve Dehner

    Excavating the Word

    Every archeologist knows that you can’t discover the material culture of the past without digging for it. Most of the really old stuff sinks into the dust and dirt, and the parts that remain above ground don’t tell the whole story. But excavating is hard. It involves removing massive amounts of dirt and rock in tiny amounts, and sifting though it all, little bits at a time. It takes lots of patience, hard workers, the necessary equipment, governmental permission, time, and money. Which points to the need of the archaeologist, or any investigator, for something more crucial than a spade or a brush. It’s what really makes him dig.