Who Are You?
When my brothers and I were growing up we were felt like we were held to a different standard. We would complain to our mom or dad and say, "But Johnny can say/do/act etc..." or "But Johnny doesn't have to..." The response was always the same, "You don't [more]
Light Dawns in the Darkness
There are times when it seems like evil always wins. We read the news and see so much pain and suffering. It feels like bad things are always happening to good people. I find myself wondering when will we see the reverse? When will the good and the righteous finally [more]
Who is Your King?
There are few stories that capture my imagination in the Scriptures like that of 1 Samuel 8. It is here that the people of God turn away from God as their king. They demand a man to rule over them to be like the other nations. As they reject God [more]
Crooked Deep Down
There are times when I seriously cannot wrap my mind around the messiness of my own heart. It is so often exposed through the way I treat those I care most about. My wife, my kids, and my closest friends catch the brunt of it. It's ugly and not any [more]
Be Still
When my kids were little the they always seemed to be anxious. Have you noticed that? Little kids seem to always be squirming around. There were so many times that we would hold them close and whisper, "be still..." As we held them tight to our chests and whispered, they [more]
What I Use For Study
I wrote a bit the other day regarding my recent discovery of The Message in my devotional life. It's been a significant help for me in really connecting with God. That post garnered quite a bit of conversation. So much so, that I think a follow up is necessary. When [more]
Why I Read The Message
It wasn't long ago that I had a very elitist view of the Bible. I thought that people who were really serious about the Bible read the English Standard Version or the New American Standard Bible. These are two translations that are on the "literal" end of the translation process. [more]
Stand Out, Step Down
There are few things in the church world that garner attention like "leadership." We want leaders, we demand leaders, we want to be leaders. Pastors and ministry leaders spend lots of time and money on leadership books and conferences. There are those who purport to be masters at teaching others [more]
Live It Out
There is a phrase that I have tried very hard to never utter to my children, "Do as I say, not as I do." I think that this phrase more than any other may point out the the implicit lack of integrity that most of us know is true of [more]
Jesus is the most subversive of all religious leaders. I can say this with confidence. He is transformational. There was nobody like him before and there's never been anyone like him ever since. He's unique. He's special. He's very, very different. As I continue my journey of following him, I'm [more]