I’m Bored. There’s Nothing to Do in Atlanta

I almost laughed right then and there when the Subway sandwich artist said it.My lovely bride and I were exploring options in Atlanta last fall during the Catalyst conference and had stopped for a quick bite. Because we were considering moving to Atlanta at the time, we asked the man with the disposable gloves what he thought of Atlanta."There's nothing to do in Atlanta," he replied, matter-0f-factly. Had I been eating, I would have choked on a mouthful salami and banana peppers. Here he … [Read more...]

The Isolationist Immigration Gospel of the Evangelical Immigration Table

Although I have great respect for many of the evangelical leaders who signed on to the original letter from the Evangelical Immigration Table, I have a few problems with how the evangelical label is being exploited for political gain. You can read some of my thoughts on that here.I had some hopes that we might actually see meaningful immigration reform early on in the process. [ See my post Immigration 2.0: I Want to Believe! ]I still haven't given up hope, but I am far more aligned with … [Read more...]

6 Tips to Disciple a Student’s Heart and Create Your Dream Classroom

Pleased to feature a guest post by my friend Linda Kardamis as I travel. Linda is a gifted teacher and writer passionate about helping teachers be more effective in Christian education. She blogs at Teach 4 the Heart and can followed on Twitter and Facebook. This post contains an excerpt from her new e-book Create Your Dream Classroom. Visit her site now for a chance to get a copy of it for free! Sometimes classroom discipline deals with the little things – talking in class, being tardy, or not … [Read more...]

Oklahoma Tornado Victims: How to Help in 5 Practical Steps

The Oklahoma tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City area on May 20 killing 20 -- and adding to the 24 already killed in another F5 tornado nearby just 11 days earlier -- shocked us all and brought us to our knees in prayer. I recall our kids got out of the pool immediately when they heard the news and gathered to pray as the unimaginable happened.Many good people are now rightly asking how to help the victims of that colossal F5 -- the widest tornado on record. Wider than Ma … [Read more...]

Why I’ve Stopped Showing Up on Time at Your Church

You may not have noticed, but it seems a lot of people have stopped showing up on time at your church. Maybe you're one of them. Which might explain why you haven't noticed.Noticing that people have stopped showing up on time at church seems to have been what started the, well, I guess you could call it a rant of sorts. It seems some church-going fellow went off  right in the middle of a worship service recently. Stirred things up quite a bit from what I hear. Some conspiracy theorists have … [Read more...]

Life Calling: Are You Sinning and Don’t Know It?

Stop what you're doing! Set down that cinnamon-crunch bagel! Step away from that stapler! I hate to be the one to tell you this about your life calling, but there's a good chance you're sinning right now and don't even know it.I'm not saying you're checking your inbox or browsing the blogosphere while adjusting your ski mask for the next bank heist. If you are, good luck with that. I'm not even suggesting that you're about to take yet another swig from that flask of Jim Beam you've got … [Read more...]

The Purpose of Memorial Day: Remember the Fallen from Both Sides

The original purpose of Memorial Day was to remember the fallen from both sides of our own US Civil War or the War Between the States, depending on which side you favored. It was an attempt by a war-torn nation to acknowledge that good people, people made in God's image who loved their country and their families more than life itself, gave their all on both sides.It's a good thing to do today. To remember those who never came home.But it's all too easy to only remember those who … [Read more...]

The Orphan Sunday Kit: Helping Pastors Preach about the Adoption Journey

When was the last time you heard a sermon about adoption? I know that for me, it's been awhile. Maybe never, now that I think of it. And I've lived my entire life in Evangelical churches.I've heard a lot of sermons about going to the mission fields overseas, but few about the adoption process that can bring that mission field to us and that displays the gospel firsthand in a way few things can.But things are changing, thank God. Over the last decade, adoption has moved more into the … [Read more...]