Blogging Aloud in the Streets

“Wisdom shouts aloud in the streets” (Prov. 1:20). Nobody loves an “over-sharer” on social media—whether its documenting every detail of your child’s life, or complaining about your job, or giving a play by play commentary of your sick day at home. We don’t need to know you just went through your third Kleenex box in…

What Keeps Me Awake? Pt. 2

What keeps me awake at night is wondering if all of my pastoral efforts are actually producing disciples. Are we just keeping people busy with programs and gatherings, or are people being gradually (and imperfectly) formed into Christlikeness? I felt Paul’s exasperation lately over his beloved church when he wrote, “Oh, my dear children! I…

Your One True Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! While many will rely on Hallmark’s card writers to find the perfect words to say “I love you” today, some Christians might reach back to the famous “love chapter” of 1 Corinthians 13  read at many weddings. Yet, the man who wrote these words would probably find it quite strange that these…

Where Thou Dwelleth?

Like the angels ascending and descending on Jacob’s ladder, the person who “abides” or “dwells” in Jesus by faith will experience the grace and peace of God ascending and descending in our lives on a regular basis. We’ll experience grace as Heaven’s promises descend into our valleys of despair and need. We’ll experience the “peace that surpasses understanding” as our faith leads our hearts in worshipful ascent to where we are seated in heavenly places and given a God’s perspective on things (Eph 2:6-7). 

Climbing Mount Everest (Psalm 119)

We don’t think attaining “the blessed life” has any correlation with faithful obedience and diligent devotion! If Jesus was obedient for us, then we can lazily float away our days on a inflatable lounger in the pool of cheap grace.

LIFE VERSES 9: Acts 17:17

In this series I’m sharing some of the Scriptures that have most radically influenced my own life and faith. Read full series here. I love the moment in The Lord of the Rings when Samwise turns to Frodo and asks, “I wonder what kind of a tale we’ve fallen into?” The two hobbits perceptively realized that their…

On Eagles’ Wings & Selective Memory

I’m a typical guy, so I know all about “selective hearing.” Just ask my wife. We (especially men) have ways of tuning certain things out and tuning in others; I don’t always know why and its not always intentional. Please forgive us, wives! Just as “selective hearing” can put a strain on a marriage, so…

LIFE VERSES 6: Romans 8:11

In this series I am sharing some of the passages of the Bible — or Life Verses — that have most impacted my own life.  I was 21 years old. I was in the honeymoon period of my newfound faith. I can still remember how exciting it was reading my new Study Bible back then. Everything was…