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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We ate at a big city burrito joint not long ago.  It’s a good sign when the line meanders out the door and people are pressing forward so that there’s scarcely space to sit.  The city was hungry, and so were we.  These were some good burritos. Jesus taught about hunger when he taught us to pray, “give us this day our daily bread,” he was teaching a reliance on God for our daily needs.  May God grant us the… Read more

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