Why We Give Easter Baskets to Our Children

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Maybe you're one of those families that gives Easter baskets to their children to celebrate some defunct Roman deity. You know what I'm talking about. The eggs, the beans, the chick, the bunnies -- they're all signs of your secret allegiance to some long-forgotten fertility goddess. Admit it! You're a secret Satan worshipper!Or maybe it's just the chocolate.Having lived my entire life in Evangelical Christian circles, I've heard all the arguments for and against giving Easter baskets … [Read more...]

Easter Sermon Audio: Everything Changes When Jesus Speaks

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Celebrate Resurrection Day with a listen to my recent sermon based on John 20, exploring the first few interactions people had with Jesus following his triumphant rising from the dead.Everyone Jesus encounters is confused, fearful, and or doubting. Maybe you can relate. Not surprisingly, everything changes when Jesus speaks.Listen. Learn. Believe. He is risen!  … [Read more...]

How the Passover Preaches the Gospel of Jesus

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On this Good Friday, when most eyes in Christendom turn to refocus on Christ's sacrifice and suffering on the cross, the Passover also rightly comes to mind.It's not only because the Passover meal served as the capstone to Christ's equipping of his disciples, nor is it just because Christ chose to transform the Passover into the new ordinance for His Church. Different traditions call it different things -- the Eucharist, the Lord's Supper, or Communion. But all agree it is significant.I f … [Read more...]

About that Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Silliness

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About that Supreme Court Same-sex marriage silliness....Last week I came across something I had never encountered before. It has fascinated me ever since. Ants.Not ants, per se. I have, in fact, seen those once or twice in my lifetime. It wasn't the ants themselves, but the silliness of where I found them that befuddled me.I've know animals to do some strange things. I know of someone who once found a snake coiled up around her computer cables. Nice. I once found a baby opossum in m … [Read more...]

How to Delegate Like a Pro

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It's hard for me to delegate because it's hard for me to let go.As a parent, it's easier for me to just do something than to give my kids a shot at it. As a leader, it's more comfortable for me to hold on to a task I know I can do well, than to delegate it to someone else.Come to think of it, learning to delegate effectively is a walk of faith. [ See my post The Secret to Living by Faith ] So I guess it's appropriate that we talk about it here at FaithWalkers. Lessons from Jethro I … [Read more...]

Learn How to Pass the Faith Test

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Most of us cringe somewhere deep within when we hear the word -- test.School taught us that tests are events to be feared. Red pens. Snickers from our classmates. Numbers not up to expectations. For far too many of us, tests are pre-cursers to failure. And that's a shame, because the only way for our faith to grow is for it to pass the test. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let s … [Read more...]

12 Questions Every New Leader Should Ask: Guest Post with Catalyst

Congratulations! You made it! You're the new leader. Now what?I know you're supposed to always look like you know what you're doing but -- truth be told -- new leaders often don't even know where to start. They drift around for a month or so, smiling a lot, ordering new stationery while they act as if they've got it covered.I came across this all-too-familiar scenario recently while coaching a young executive at a non-profit. He had been moved unexpectedly....Read the rest of 12 … [Read more...]

When All You Can Do Is Trust

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A recent airplane flight reminded me that there are times in life when all you can do is trust. They happen much more than we might think, these life moments that require faith from us.My reminder came with a brief airplane ride, one of those where it takes you longer to drive to the airport than it does to fly to your destination. Because the flight was short, the plane was small. Kind of like a can turned sideways with jet engines attached. And a few vinyl seats tossed in to fool you into … [Read more...]


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