Resolutions for the Church in 2021

Well, you knew it was going to happen eventually. Pretty soon we will all be inundated with 2020 year end reviews. Oh won’t those be fun. Then we will all start planning what we will be doing in 2021 as though the hardship of 2020 will end at the stroke of midnight on December 31st.Continue reading “Resolutions for the Church in 2021”

Slow Down

I recently finished John Mark Comer’s book The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry. Let me put it this way . . . Don’t read this book unless you are ready to be convicted. (How’s that for an endorsement?) Seriously, though Comer writes with an engaging and even playful tone, the weight of what he is sayingContinue reading “Slow Down”

Decisions, Decisions

From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord!This shall never happen to you.” ButContinue reading “Decisions, Decisions”

Can You Drink His Cup?

And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.  But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you mustContinue reading “Can You Drink His Cup?”

All Men Are Like Grass

A voice says, “Cry!”    And I said, “What shall I cry?”All flesh is grass,    and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.The grass withers, the flower fades    when the breath of the Lord blows on it;    surely the people are grass.The grass withers, the flower fades,    but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:6-8 English Standard Version (EmphasisContinue reading “All Men Are Like Grass”

To Speak or Not to Speak

When I started this blog, I imagined myself putting put two or three posts a week on various ministry and discipleship related questions. However, like so many of you, my soul has been weighed down by the events of 2020. There is so much happening culturally and politically, that I feel both overwhelmed and burdened.Continue reading “To Speak or Not to Speak”

How to Change the World

In my younger days, like most young men and women, I dreamt of doing BIG things to change the world. I wanted to lead mass revivals for the cause of Christ, tear down idols, storm castles, and break down the gates of hell itself. That righteous angst that is so much a part of youthContinue reading “How to Change the World”

The Way of Love

As I was reading through the comments on a Facebook post (yes, I still have Facebook, and yes, reading comments is a bad, unhealthy habit of mine) I felt this urge of anger and frustration well up inside me. I so wanted to but out some snarky comments, unleash the fury of my righteous anger,Continue reading “The Way of Love”

Choosing the Right Hill

Americans sure do love to fight, don’t we? I know . . . not ALL Americans, but a lot of us do love to argue and make our opinions known. With the advent of the internet and social media and, yes, blogs (the irony), we have many, many forums upon which to inflict our viewsContinue reading “Choosing the Right Hill”

Check the Fruit

Do you ever watch people try to pick fruit at the grocery store or the farmer’s market? They will squeeze and sniff and turn the fruit over and over looking for the slightest imperfections. Or maybe they will thump the rind in order to divine the freshest melon. People are so very picky about theContinue reading “Check the Fruit”