You know what… it’s OK to love the church. (VIDEO)

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The church has come under fire these days, drawing harsh words from critics and bloggers every time a celebrity pastor fails. On one hand, I understand these critics... there are problems in the church, and there's no mystery as to why - the church is filled with people who hurt others. We call these people "sinners," and each local church is full of them. So, on one hand, I understand the frustration.Yet, the church is the place that God, in His goodness, gave us in order that we could live … [Read more...]

Do men want isolation? At least one does…

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Deep in the Amazon jungle lives an isolated man, the lone survivor of a remote tribe. He subsists on wild hogs, spider monkeys, and various plants. Nobody knows the name of his tribe or what language he speaks. What Brazilian officials do know, however, is that he is completely alone. He is the last of his people, and for the past fifteen years, at least, he has been considered by most to be the most isolated man in the world. After about ten years of failed attempts, Brazil’s government field a … [Read more...]

Only men can change the boy into a man

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“It’s becoming clear to us that manhood doesn’t happen by itself; it doesn’t happen just because we eat Wheaties. The active intervention of the older men means that older men welcome the younger man into the ancient, mythologized, instinctive male world.” – Robert BlyI remember the precise moment that I felt welcomed into the “instinctive male world.” I was 12-years old when my friend Thom invited me to hunt pheasant with him, his dad, and a few other sportsmen. I took a hunter safety class, … [Read more...]

What Are You Afraid Of? (book review)

I’m going to occasionally throw up a brief book review on this blog. I'll be reviewing books that I have interacted with as a pastor, or that have addressed something I'm going through. Or both, which is the case with What Are You Afraid Of? by Dr. David Jeremiah.What Are You Afraid Of? examines ten of the most common fears we face, such as the fear of financial loss or the fear of being alone. The chapter that hit close to home with me—and I’m not entirely comfortable admitting this—is the f … [Read more...]

The Game With No Losers

I attended the Nebraska FCA banquet last night to celebrate what God is doing in the lives of coaches, athletes, and entire communities through the gospel. And then I came into the office this morning, and read a story about a football team that proved that football is not ultimately about winning games—it’s about using the sport as a platform to honor God and serve others.Fairview, Colorado was one of the communities hit hard by the September floods. Homes were destroyed, roads were washed o … [Read more...]

Helping Children Through National Tragedies

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“Did you hear that children my age probably died in that tornado today, Daddy?”Those were the first words out of my eight-year-old daughter’s mouth when I got home from work last night.I can’t imagine what it must be like to grow up in a day so filled with tragedy AND instant media coverage. When I was eight, I felt stressed about parent-teacher conferences, a bully at my school named Curtis, and selling Babe Ruth candy bars to raise money for my baseball team. My children are growing up … [Read more...]


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