By Keith Miller | August 9, 2011

How to Get Out of Pain

Keith, what does Jesus say about the fact that good Christians often have serious pain?    I don’t know where the notion came from that committed Christians shouldn’t have pain.  But for me pain has been the most important way that I find my way back to God—again and again. I remember hearing Dr. Paul […]

By Keith Miller | July 27, 2011

Faith: Transaction or Relationship?

Keith, as I have watched you from a distance for the past twenty-five years, you have not been a Christian who just made up his mind to be a Christian and just relax and be one.  You seem to keep wrestling with the faith as if it is a continuous process after you are saved […]

By Keith Miller | July 20, 2011

Real Time Experiences—Lessons in Loving God and Others

This is a response to the second question of a two-part question that came up after John Burke (Lead Pastor at Gateway Church) interviewed me last month.  I responded to the first of the two-part question on last week’s blog.  Last week’s question was about why I think the kind of small group I had mentioned […]

By Keith Miller | July 12, 2011

Jesus’ Teaching Laboratory

Keith, a few weeks ago I watched as John Burke interviewed you at Gateway Church.  I am an emerging leader at Gateway and have a few questions for you.  First, specifically, why do you think the kind of small group you described is so important? (You can watch the interview here.) This one is a great […]

By Keith Miller | July 8, 2011

Weekly Blog—from an 84 Year Old Novice

I have been sitting here for some time, writing my heart out to you on our new software program.  I was telling you about our family’s solution to not having quality time together with our kids, grandkids and great grandkids.  After pouring my heart out for three pages, I was just writing a prayer at […]

By Keith Miller | June 29, 2011

Facing One’s Own Death

Keith, What have you learned as a Christian about death and dying?  As an 84-year-old, how are you handling the fact that statistically your own death is not far off for you?   In the first place, death is real for everyone—Christians and all others.   But death is also the most important deterrent to serious […]

By Keith Miller | June 9, 2011

Finding the Courage to Begin: Monkey See, Monkey Do

Dear Keith, Where and how did you learn to be open about personal problems all Christians face?    A “C-minus!” I couldn’t believe it!  I’d been a good student all my life and had spent hours developing, writing, and editing this, my first sermon for a homiletics class in seminary.  I was angry, but, more […]

By Keith Miller | May 25, 2011

Okay, I Surrendered—But Nothing Happened

Keith, what if we have let God in our lives and into the driver’s seat and nothing happened?  I still have the same struggles that I have always had.  Is there ever a way out?  I am really wondering and feel as though I am constantly in a spiritual battle between God and the devil.  […]

By Keith Miller | May 17, 2011

Shame and Guilt

Keith, Are there specific ways of dealing with the awful feelings of guilt and shame that come over people sometimes in the middle of the night and prevent sleep, etc.  Also, if one has these feelings, does it mean that he or she really isn’t committed to God?   That is a great question.  I […]

By Keith Miller | May 4, 2011


My question is about “compulsive busyness.”  I wake up with eyes wide open and a tight chest as all the things I have to do during this day or this week start jumping out onto the stage of my attention and waving at me, chanting “Look at me!  You promised to write a job recommendation […]

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