Inner Boys and Awakened Men

Feeling very lonely

All men have an inner boy, and many of our inner boys have strong recollections of growing up and getting crushed, silenced, disappointed, and at times, even victimized by our fathers, or by other frail-hearted men. Because of our rough childhoods, many of us would be justified in repeatedly saying, “I was wronged. I deserved [Read More...]

Video of the aftermath of Heartland EFC’s fire

child firetruck

This past week, just five days after the fire, I met with a 5-year old girl to talk about the fire. Her room in the church was one of the places that burned, and she was having a hard time understanding how fire had permanently damaged that familiar space. We looked at photos of the [Read More...]

When our favorite places burn


How much must God love us to let us go through this together? That’s the question I keep asking myself after the fire last night at Heartland. I don’t say that to minimize the importance of church buildings, or places in general. I’m actually extremely sentimental about places. God placed our souls in a body, [Read More...]

Helping Children Through National Tragedies


“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. [Read More...]

Unable-To-Do-Anything Faith

unable to do anything faith

Have you ever been pinned down and unable to do anything? I had a friend, Doug, who could grow a Zac-Brown-type beard in 10th grade. He could also bench 250-lbs and throw other 10th-graders around like rag dolls. I’ll never forget the time when Doug twisted my arms and legs into a pretzel and sat [Read More...]

Orphan Sunday

Today is Orphan Sunday! Please join me in praying for children around the world who are in need. We call them the “fatherless” or the “orphan”…but this ALSO includes nearly a half million children who are in the United States foster care system. According to HHS, “On September 30, 2010, there were an estimated 408,425 [Read More...]