He Opened Their Minds

By Steven Norris The great American poet, Emily Dickinson, once said, “If I read a book [and] it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that it is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that it is poetry.”...

Disbelieving for Joy

By Steven Norris      Rock climbers have always fascinated me. I remember some thrilling personal experiences rappelling as a Boy Scout years ago, but I confess that I’ve never been very good at rock climbing. I’ve seen some climbers take incredibly daring and...

When Hearts Burn Within

By Steven Norris “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?” We encounter these words from the two disciples who walked with Jesus on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:32). Though first thought to be a stranger,...

A Life Shaped by God

By Steven Norris      What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus? In Luke 24, two disciples on the road to Emmaus are pondering just that. They wonder what it means to be a follower of a crucified Messiah. They wonder how to make sense of unbelievable reports of an...

Overcoming Slowness of Heart

By Steven Norris It’s the sevens that get me every time. As a child, I didn’t have any problem memorizing my multiplication facts, except when it came to the sevens. Even to this day, I have to really slow down and think about it when trying to multiply by seven....

Idle Tales?

Idle Tales?  By Steven Norris  “Bovine excrement!” Yes, you heard me right. That would be my translation of Luke 24:11. That’s exactly what the disciples said when the women showed up with a crazy message about an empty tomb and angelic messengers.  Of course, none of...

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