Freedom and ‘Merica.

OK, so everyone’s already mad about everything right now, so let’s just do some politics on here. What can it hurt. My little girls are 4 and 6 now, and they’re hitting an age where they are really embodying the stubbornness of their parents. One of the most common phrases in our house right nowContinue reading “Freedom and ‘Merica.”

“The Confessions” – Augustine

Thou owest men nothing, yet payest out to them as if in debt to thy creature, and when thou dost cancel debts thou losest nothing thereby. Augustine, The Confessions There are some things that I feel are out of my league, beyond anything I should mess with. One such thing is writing on “The Confessions”.Continue reading ““The Confessions” – Augustine”

Fear

Fear is a strange thing. Fear can come from a thing (a virus) or a lack of a thing (toilet paper?). It can because of knowledge (number of deaths from the virus) or lack of knowledge (when will there be toilet paper?).  It can be something that we understand or it can be something weContinue reading “Fear”

Getting out while not going out

So…my last post went in a different direction than I had intended, so I’m going to try this again… A lot is changing around us right now. And we don’t like change. We all like knowing what to expect, and some of us really like knowing what to expect. It’s probably a control thing-I knowContinue reading “Getting out while not going out”

"Evangelism As Exiles" – Elliot Clark

So many of us are in love with this present world, yet it seems we’d rather keep the world — or, more accurately, its sinners — at much more than arm’s length. Far too often we’re a happy and hope-filled people as long as our churches are prospering, as long as we have a seatContinue reading “"Evangelism As Exiles" – Elliot Clark”

Principles are weird…are you weird?

Sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing, even if we have resolved to live our lives on principle. We will always be tempted to fall back into a habit of self-preservation and the seeking of our own self-interests. However, there’s another factor that will make it difficult to live consistently on principle. Living onContinue reading “Principles are weird…are you weird?”

Change, principles, and other boring stuff that can dramatically alter your life

I’ve been involved in church leadership now for almost 14 years (that seems like forever). I have now worked as a volunteer in a church, as part-time staff, as full time staff, as paid temporary staff, and as a supported ministry worker. I have been asked to give advice to churches I do not regularlyContinue reading “Change, principles, and other boring stuff that can dramatically alter your life”

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””

“Altar Ego” – Craig Groeschel

You are not yet who you are supposed to be. You were made for more than you’ve settled for. We all self-identify in different ways; if you want to know how you view yourself, think about what your first answers are when someone says, “Tell me about yourself.” We often start those answers with ourContinue reading ““Altar Ego” – Craig Groeschel”