Writings by Cole Huffman


XL Grace

Caleb, our 21-year-old son, has a drug and alcohol problem. On the inside of his left arm, Caleb sports a tattoo: XL. At first glance it looks like “extra large.” But it’s actually the Roman numeral for 40, as in Psalm 40, a psalm that has long articulated our hope for him. He knows that, and as a once-aspiring musician he thought it was cool that U2 put Psalm 40 to music on their War album (1983), and that Mom and Dad pray it for him. A friend once gave me an apt... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Oct 25 | 0 comments
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Four Tasks

(In his series Praying the Gospel, Cole taught the Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11 and gave some particular counsel for when we know we need to forgive but don’t know how. This article is adapted from his sermon notes, where he moved to practice after establishing that only in the gospel do we find the wherewithal and motivation to forgive.) Jesus taught us to pray forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. Still, this is a struggle. Part of... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Sep 26 | 0 comments
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The Sun Comes Back

It rained on our First Evan staff eclipse party. We had the right NASA-approved glasses. We had geographic proximity to the line of totality. But at 1:22 pm on August 21 at 735 Ridge Lake Boulevard, dark clouds obscured peak viewing. About an hour later the rainclouds departed. By then all that remained for viewing was the sun and moon doing their impersonation of Pac-Man. It took me back in memory to my only visit to Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota. There with two of my... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Aug 31 | 0 comments
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