When the door doesn’t open

Closed doors can shatter our false images of who Jesus is and what Jesus should do. Closed doors point us beyond Jesus the life coach toward Jesus the crucified savior–less fist bump and more sweating great drops of blood. Read more

The impossibility of preaching

Good preaching requires a willingness to speak God’s word, a dose of creativity, and a sensitivity to the needs of the listening church. Read more

Learning to Think Like Jesus

“Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” – St. Jerome Read more

4 tips for rural evangelism

Jesus is the animating force behind our hope. What we want to share with others is life with Jesus. Read more

Ready to bless

Are we ready to bless? It doesn’t have to be much. It just has to be authentic, soul-deep and true, a word spoken in Christ’s stead out of our vocation as kings and priests (Revelation 1:6). Read more

On coming home

The most precious features in the topography of home are always the people. We’re home when we have friends to share our table. We’re home when we become neighbors, when we share a story, when we find people who hear us out and welcome us in. Home is where we are claimed by God and one another. Read more

What is Christian hope?

At its core, it seems to me that Christian hope is the assurance that God is leading us into his goodness. Hope isn’t that God will grant us our every desire. Part of the trick is cultivating God-shaped desires. Read more

What’s your break-the-glass scripture?

I suspect that a lot of us have some break-the-glass resources we keep stashed away in our lives, resources we turn to in moments of trial. Read more

Are you glad for God’s works?

You, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy (Psalm 92:4) There’s little that impedes life in Christ more than the inability to experience delight.  Our spirits get crusted with disappointment and jadedness, annoyance and lumps of judgmentalism.  We gaze at the world and sees nothing worthy of our interest and attention.  Nothing worthy of us. It’s easy to fall into this sort of attitude.  The things that annoy us… Read more

Snatching a Meal From the Word

What if we read the Bible with the sense that God will speak to us what we really need to hear? Read more

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