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

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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

The Orphan Sunday Kit 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...]

The Salvation Box: Should Life Calling Produce Abundant Living?

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Ugh. For far too many Christians, "ugh" accurately captures their take on how they spend most of their time. It's as if they keep the freeing impact of the gospel on their life calling locked away somewhere -- in The Salvation Box -- so that they never truly know abundant living. Call it work, call it career, call it a job -- whatever you call it, many people would prefer not to answer the call at all. Instead, they endure existence reluctantly, longing for the weekend or some escape … [Read more...]

Manhood Restored: A Review of Eric Mason’s New Book

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It sounds like the beginning of a politically incorrect joke. A Black Nationalist, a psychologist, and a preacher walk into a bar.... In this case, however, they are all the same person. His name is Eric Mason. And he has written a book, Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole, drawn from that eclectic background that delivers a much-needed message to men in Christ's church today: Rise up, men. The world is waiting. Eric Mason is a former Black Nationalist and holds a … [Read more...]

So Why Did God Answer My Prayer? The Story of a Circle Maker

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It was far in the sameness of the woods. I've always wanted to write that line from one of Robert Frost's more mysterious poems "The Demiurge's Laugh." Now seemed like a good time as I reflect on the question of why did God answer my prayer to sell our house -- and how He did it. I suppose I could call it "The Story of a Circle Maker." Last September  we decided to move to Atlanta, Georgia, because we thought it would best positions us to answer God's call on my life. … [Read more...]

Grace-based Parenting: A Review of “Connecting Church and Home”

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It's about time! That's what I thought as I read the wisdom-packed pages of Tim Kimmel's latest book Connecting Church & Home.  Tim Kimmel is the founder of Family Matters and long-time cheerleader for grace-based parenting. You can check out the Family Matters site here for a lot of valuable parenting resources. Connecting Church & Home is a quick, easy read that should be required for any family ministry leader. For that matter, any pastor who claims to care about … [Read more...]

10 Lessons from the Other Side of the World

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It's bitter sweet really, that feeling you get when you come home from a long trip. On the one hand, it's good to be home in familiar surroundings and to get incredibly awesome hugs from each of our six kids. On the other hand, we had a blessed time with friends in Guam, making new ones and becoming better acquainted with others. My wife enjoyed her time on a tropical island -- and has the tan to prove it. I did too. And the food -- well, let's just say Guam knows food. So it's with … [Read more...]

Why School Education Reform Is a Lost Cause

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Today I feature a guest post from Steven Horwich here at FaithWalkers as I travel on the other side of the world.  Steven Horwich is a teacher, writer, director, and founder of Connect the Thoughts, providing resources and training for homeschooling. You can follow him on Twitter @Homeschoolcurr and Facebook. School education reform is an endless discussion, a droning litany that has pointlessly moaned on for decades. It is a migraine-inducing waltz with little variation and no … [Read more...]

Act Like a Man: A Call to Biblical Manhood

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While my mission continues in Guam, I am pleased to feature the thoughts 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. You'll be hearing much more from this talented leader in the years to come. Right now, I feel more confident in the Lord and … [Read more...]