Disappointments happen. They’re a part of life. If we can’t learn how to deal with them, then it’s going to be a very long, uneventful journey. There are times, however, we feel we’ve heard from God, did everything right, and because things don’t end up the way we want, we start to wonder if God … More When We Feel Duped By God
Well we’ve had another interesting month in the culture wars, especially after the Grammys. Some things I would be totally oblivious to if we didn’t have Twitter and Facebook. Christians were up in arms over several things that took place during the awards show. But I wonder, what good did any of the banter … More Offending the Outsiders (Or Disdaining the Damned)
Who of us as Christ followers doesn’t want people in our lives to know Him? We pray and fast, share our faith with them, sneak in a God story here and there, invite them to a special service or small group, etc. Those “gimmicks” are usually followed by a great deal of frustration: Why didn’t … More “ALL People”: Are We Blessing or Blocking Them?
I’ve been careful recently to alternate the mood of my blogs. A couple colleagues have noted a hint of cynicism in several of my posts. While I might argue that these are spurred on by serious times, I’ll say it plainly: this has been a very difficult year of ministry. I know a lot of … More Ministry Aches and Pains
If I were to ask people to look at the above picture and ask what they see, most would say: a painting, the evening sky, tree roots, evergreens, rocks, a hill… Would anyone notice what’s actually holding up the painting…an easel? We’ve heard of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci or Starry Night by … More Embracing Obscurity?
This is an unfortunate phrase, signifying discontent, loss of purpose, and defeat. It can happen to any of us: we get weary in situations, jobs, mistakes, thinking everything is against us and we can’t do it anymore. Some of us struggle to find meaning in life or our next steps. It can be discouraging, and … More I Wish I’d Never Been Born
We live in the land of opportunity and in our capitalist, free market society, we rely on competition, ingenuity, and resolve to get us to the top. Unfortunately, this has become the drive of many of our congregations, ministries, conferences, and books. We’ll give you the keys to fill your pews, increase your income, and … More G0d C0u1d Car3 L355 Ab0ut 0ur Pr3c10u5 Numb3r5