Thoughts to drive us – We are “but dust”

We are dust – earthy and humble, finite and temporal…We live on borrowed breath. We are alive in the most profound sense of the word – filled with the very breath that spoke creation into being. Within this tension is a status that is regal but lowly, significant but insignificant, unique but ordinary. God looks uponContinue reading “Thoughts to drive us – We are “but dust””

Be More Musk-y

My church is currently going through a vision-casting process. The church has been growing steadily for 3 years and has been near-capacity on Sunday mornings for around a year, and the youth and children’s programs have begun to fill the spaces available to them. Some solution needs to be found in order to continue toContinue reading “Be More Musk-y”

Gospel Outside – Go Teach Sunday School

While the gospels are the easiest place to see the person and work of Jesus Christ, the entirety of the scriptures share the gospel story. Gospel Outside will highlight a part of the gospel seen outside of the 4 Gospels of the New Testament. Often times, when we think of being highly successful, wealthy or famous,Continue reading “Gospel Outside – Go Teach Sunday School”

Gospel Outside – Don’t Lie To Yourself

While the gospels are the easiest place to see the person and work of Jesus Christ, the entirety of the scriptures share the gospel story. Gospel Outside will highlight a part of the gospel seen outside of the 4 Gospels of the New Testament. Have you ever had a problem but just wanted to pretend itContinue reading “Gospel Outside – Don’t Lie To Yourself”

Thoughts to drive us – Violent Santa for Jesus

The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic Gods giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves. -Nicholas of Myra Nicholas was a church father who, among other things, defended orthodoxy by sitting on the First Council of Nicaea, signing the Nicene Creed, and punching theContinue reading “Thoughts to drive us – Violent Santa for Jesus”

My Response To Critics: Hey guys, I’m a false teacher!

So I think this is my final comments on the past conflicts we have seen in our push towards unity among Christians in my community. Unless it isn’t. So anyways, this lesson comes to us from a letter to the editor responding to my “Unite around the Bible” article that was published by the localContinue reading “My Response To Critics: Hey guys, I’m a false teacher!”

My Respone To Critics: Unity and getting over yourself

Unity seems like a good idea, right? Most people I’ve talked to, including some who do not regularly attend church, think the idea of churches working together to share God’ love to those who need it is a good thing. For most it is, as my mother would say, a “No Duh!” kind of thing.Continue reading “My Respone To Critics: Unity and getting over yourself”

You can’t spell ‘Unity’ without ‘U’…and some other stuff

It is now over 9 months since I began my push towards a more unified community of faith in and around Martin County, MN. The early months were spent in preparation and vision-casting among some trusted ministry leaders. That push was followed by a concerted effort to spread the word, especially focused on our countyContinue reading “You can’t spell ‘Unity’ without ‘U’…and some other stuff”

Rewind: HOPEless

In 2011, my wife Charmaine and I spent over two weeks in Thailand, meeting with refugees and pastors, learning more about the Karen people group and about international missions work with our friend Joanna, a missionary that we support. We came back in the middle of July and, 4 days later, I took a groupContinue reading “Rewind: HOPEless”

“Crazy Love” – Francis Chan

I grew up believing in God without having a clue what He is like. I called myself a Christian, was pretty involved in church, and tried to stay away from all the things that “good Christians” avoid-drinking, drugs, sex, swearing. Christianity was simple: fight your desires in order to please God. Whenever I failed (whichContinue reading ““Crazy Love” – Francis Chan”