What Makes Your Story Worth Telling

Do you want your life to matter?  I do. I suspect you do too.But it won’t happen by accident. Living a story worth telling, one that gets talked about not only in this temporary life but the lasting life to come, requires intentional effort.And it’s not easy. Nothing worth doing ever is. But comfort can never achieve what courage dares to try. [Tweet this!]We say we want adventure, but we run from risk. We say we want a faith that moves mountains, but we cower inside our chur … [Read more...]

Singing in Church: Is It Time for a New Worship War?

Based on interest in my post "Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church," I thought FaithWalkers readers might enjoy this guest post from my friend Rich Birch. Rich serves as the Operations Pastor at Liquid Church, and blogs at unSeminary.com about stuff you wish they taught you in seminary. You can follow Rich him on Twitter and Facebook. The first church I served at was in the middle of a worship war when I started there. It was like a cold war with a lot of passive-aggressive leadership on bot … [Read more...]

How to Know What God Wants You to Do Next

Do you know what God wants you to do next? Do you want to?Are you trying to discover God’s will for your life yet fearing you may just make a mess of everything?Join the club.I chatted with a bright college-aged young man recently about life direction and what God may have in mind for his life. Our talk reminded me of the critical decisions that each of us must make at that stage of life, decisions that will go a long way in determining how our life story gets written.It also … [Read more...]

ISIS and Left-Behind Christians: A BIG Difference

I'm not sure what to call them really.It used to be that I could use words like dispensational or pre-millennial and Christians would know what I meant. I'm not so sure of that anymore. We've grown averse to using multi-syllabic words in church these days and, it seems to me, are the worse for it. [See my post Why I Left Your Seeker-Friendly Church]I was raised in a church environment that embraced much of the apocalyptic view of the future we find in the The Left Behind … [Read more...]

Do You Start the Day with God before You?

I encountered some verses in Psalm 16 this morning that got my attention for they seemed to ask me: “Do you always start the day with God before you?” I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope…. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (8,9,11) When I asked myself that question, I confess … [Read more...]

What Is Faith? [Insert Your Answer Here]

What is faith?We Christians talk a lot about it, especially as it concerns our salvation. Truth be told, we like to leave it there at the point of conversion, confined in the Salvation Box we've created for it.And yet we're called to walk by it, to live "from faith to faith", and to ensure our faith is evident to all.But it would seem to me to be difficult at best, impossible at worst, to engage something we can't define. I would suggest one reason we Christian don't walk by faith … [Read more...]

Inconvenient Faith: A FaithWalker’s Story

Today I am pleased to feature the thoughts and story of Kendall Lyons, a talented youth pastor, cartoonist, and writer. Kendall supplied the fun illustrations for my e-book Finding the Curve: The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth — still available for free here. Grab a copy of Kendall’s delightful collection of short stories today at his site here or find him on Twitter here. You’ll be hearing much more from this talented leader in the years to come. I am a FaithWalker. A few months ago, I too … [Read more...]

See Why Faith Hurts — And That’s OK

As a father of six children, I’ve dealt with more than a few cuts and bruises–and the most dreaded of all – splinters. Before a splinter was pulled, the fear of pain was almost always greater than the pain itself. For this reason, each of my children resisted attempts for healing.This resistance to healing reminds me of our spiritual lives. There is a widespread belief in modern Christianity that walking by faith should be pain-free. This lie, coupled with our fear of pain, keeps us from foll … [Read more...]