Hopeful for the Future of the Church

After spending a week with some ministers in Dallas last week I cannot tell you just how hopeful I am for the future. We hear all sorts of things about the future of the church, ministers leaving and all the rest…while not everything is great all the time…the future is still bright. There are some really great people with integrity, honesty and hearts for the Lord who are ministering in some amazing ways and telling stories of some great things God is up to in their ministries. I am refreshed and excited for what the future holds! It is going to be better than many people expect or predict.

Words Create…and Creation Cannot be Rushed

God created the universe with words and with Word (Gen 1:1, John 1:1-3, Col 1:16). Needless to say, words are powerful. In a much more limited sense, our words also have power to create. There are certain words that are spoken that just cannot be unspoken because once they are said they create a lastingContinue Reading

Psychotherapy, Preaching and Self-Differentiation in Ministry

There is a term in psychology that every preacher needs to be aware of called “self-differentiation” and it basically means knowing where you stop and everyone else starts…it is the maturity to be able to pull apart what is going on inside of self and what is going on outside yourself. Part of self-differentiation inContinue Reading

Borrowing imagination…

will only take you so far. There are more good (and bad) resources (blogs, books, audio/video, etc) available today than any other point in history. What is at least as significant is that these resources are more accessible than ever before (often instant). Unfortunately that means I can easily make a living off borrowed imaginationContinue Reading

One Thing More Fearful Than Our Fear of Death

Genesis 3:1-7, Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, butContinue Reading

Logos Review: Crossway Apologetics Collection (10 Vols)

A few months ago I started teaching a lesson series on Apologetics in my Wednesday night class. I began picking up as many resources as I could in advance of teaching this class so that I would really know what I was talking about. It seems to me there is a lot of misinformation outContinue Reading

3 Core Values and How They Work Together: Spiritual, Mutual and Missional

This has been percolating in my brain for the last year or so and things are finally starting to gel and take shape. A few years ago I ran into the idea of Core Values, Ethos and Practice from Hirsch’s book “On the Verge.” The basic idea is that every organization has a set ofContinue Reading

The Prayers of Hallelujah, Hurts and Hates

I have been reading a lot on prayer lately and ran across this point from Eugene Peterson in his terrific little book on prayer, “Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer,” It is easy to be honest before God with our hallelujah’s; it is somewhat more difficult to be honest in our hurts; itContinue Reading

Walking in the Light, the Grace of God and Liberation from the Rat Race of Earning It

I got up early this morning to go on a long run. About 5 miles in I was crossing the street in the dark and tripped over the sidewalk sliding on my hands and knees. Turns out there wasn’t a curb cut there to transition from the street back onto the sidewalk but I couldn’tContinue Reading

Our Desperate Need to Lean Into This Gospel Truth – The World Is Overcome In You

For those of you who are struggling…who are tired…who feel like the world is out to get you…be encouraged by these words starting in John 16:33, “ I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”Continue Reading