Listening

It is impossible to listen…

  1. you don’t have any questions
  2. while you are talking
  3. while you are thinking up your next response while the other person is still talking
  4. if the other person doesn’t have your full attention
  5. while you don’t actually read their words or hear all their words…skimming a comment or 50 comments on social media and then responding is unwise.
  6. if you are more interested in winning than a relationship
  7. if you are distracted
  8. if you don’t care about the other person
  9. if you have predetermined how the conversation is going to turn out and won’t stop until it gets there
  10. if you have to have the last word
  11. if you don’t believe there is a possibility they might teach you something

What else?

When The Pendulum Hits You In The Head

Pendulum swings are a necessary part of theological discourse. It is only natural that at times we find ourselves out of balance in a particular area and so we course-correct. What often happens is because we have been so out of kilter in a given direction we don’t really know how hard to push theContinue Reading

The Spiritual Physical – Tuning Our Eyes and Ears to See & Hear Holistically

There is an idea out there that there are physical, temporary things and there are spiritual, eternal things. The reality is the distinction is not so distinct. The spiritual permeates everything. This is something that is not always readily apparent but it can become apparent to the person who wants to see it. The typeContinue Reading

Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 Say Something that is Typically Missed

The reason we go to a particular verse often dictates the meaning we find in the verse. If we go to Ephesians 5 and Colossians 3 looking for instruction on how to worship we end up missing some of what Paul actually wrote. Here is what he wrote, “Do not get drunk on wine, whichContinue Reading

How to Put the Guard Spring Back in a Ryobi 10 Inch Miter Saw

After searching high and low for the answer to my question and finding very little help online, much less pictures of how to do this I thought I would post this here for anyone searching for help. I was changing the blade in my Ryobi miter saw this morning and what should have been aContinue Reading

The Moment the Trunk Splits

I have slowly been cutting up a fallen tree in the woods behind our house. The city will take debris up to six feet long so I have been cutting it up into 5-6 foot sections and slowly removing it from the woods. I don’t have a chainsaw. I just have my old trusty axeContinue Reading

Did David Prophesy the Deaths of His Own Children?

After David had an affair with Bathsheba and subsequently had her husband Uriah murdered to cover his tracks the prophet Nathan came and rebuked David for his sins in 2 Samuel 12. Nathan tells David a story about a man who only had one little lamb that he treated as his own child. He caredContinue Reading

The Sermon on the Mount and the Power of Self-Deception

The sermon on the mount is one of the most powerful sermons ever preached. Maybe there is a lesson to be learned that one of Jesus’ longest sermons was only a few minutes long if we have the whole thing recorded. Sometimes less is more. But in these three chapters of Matthew (5-7) Jesus givesContinue Reading

Intentional

I remember opening up my very first iphone new in the box. It was a 4. Everything was crisp and clean. It was very simple. It almost felt like I was opening up a tiny work of art. Everything had its place. It was just so. I had opened up phones and computer boxes before.Continue Reading

What is the Book of Acts About?

Standard answer – the church. Bigger picture answer – God empowering his people to embody the kingdom of God. Acts is about the church (the gathered people of God) but that is only one part of a bigger picture. Have you ever noticed how little the book of Acts actually says about worship, assembly, churchContinue Reading

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