November 14, 2013

This post has been stirring in my heart for a couple of years.  It’s not in response to any sermons that I have heard lately, but rather is something that has been eating at me since a sermon I heard at a Pastors’ Conference two years ago.  Allow me to summarize the sermon for you, “Things stink in America right now.  Things in America stink because the church stinks and doesn’t do enough to reach people.  In particular, your church… Read more

November 5, 2013

Today I will be speaking to a group of high school students about generosity.  Generosity is one of those things that it is easy to guilt people into.  You can point out the affluence of Americans compared to the rest of the world or talk about our rampant materialism and the damage that it can cause.  Another track is to show people biblical passages where God tells us to give and threaten people that God will curse their finances if… Read more

November 1, 2013

This Sunday our church is continuing our series “The Gospel and the Family” by talking about what it means to be a godly man.  While studying for this sermon, I ran across some research about men and the church in Darrin Patrick’s book Church Planter. The typical U.S. church congregation draws an adult crowd that’s 61% female, 39% male. This gender gap shows up in all age categories.On any given Sunday there are 13 million more adult women than men… Read more

October 30, 2013

“USA Christians like Starbucks more than Christ, latte’s more than Lordship, doughnuts over discipleship, entertainment over evangelism.” This tweet popped up in my timeline the other day.  It stood out because of it’s graceless negativity and also because I have heard its author engage in similar guilt-driven rhetoric before.  (Actually I heard him in a sermon say that every unbelieving neighbor that we have condemns us which led to me saying “I am not condemned” out loud.  Of course I… Read more

October 23, 2013

I’m not sure if it happens in everyone else’s social media feeds or if it just happens in mine because I know a lot of pastors.  Usually the phenomenon begins on Thursday afternoon and it looks something like this. “You DO NOT want to miss this SUNDAY.  It is going to be LIFECHANGING.”  It’s good that pastors are excited about what will be happening that Sunday and that a person’s life can be changed through it, but too often we… Read more

October 21, 2013

In some circles of Christendom, you can start a great fight by talking about Halloween.  We have well-meaning brothers and sisters who point to the nefarious beginnings of Halloween and suggest that Christians who participate in Halloween activities are guilty of syncretism or worse.  Whatever Halloween may have started out as, when it comes to children, Halloween is nothing more than kids walking around in costumes and asking for candy. (We can have another discussion on another day about the… Read more

October 16, 2013

Today I am working from the back porch of our house.  After a long, hot Summer, it’s only 72 degrees and overcast, so today felt like an invitation to work outside.  There are few places that refresh and recharge me like our backyard does.  You can see two of the reasons why in the picture in this post. That Hill Its hard to tell in the picture, but the hill across from our house is beginning to show signs that… Read more

October 10, 2013

We have all been there.  Sometimes prayer is just hard.  The words don’t come easily and we feel like not much is happening.  Here are some things to remember when prayer is difficult. Remember that Jesus’ Death Gives You An Audience with the Father It is good to remind yourself why you are able to pray in the first place.  Jesus gave his life as a sacrifice for our sins and was raised from the dead.  He has ascended into… Read more

October 4, 2013

This past week we were on vacation as a family.  My two oldest daughters are still learning to swim and we were in the pool with both of them wearing some type of flotation device.  I was playing around with my middle daughter and asked her if I could throw her up in the air and let her land in the water.  She is my dare devil so she was all about it, until her head went under water for… Read more

October 2, 2013

“It has to be true, I read it on the internet” is a saying that I first heard in the late 1990’s..  At the time it was referring to email forwards and the scary tales that they included. (Don’t flash your lights at a car without its lights on, a needle that says “welcome to the world of AIDS, etc.)  With the advent of social media and sharing options at the bottom of posts, sharing things that may not be… Read more

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