Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." This is my feeble attempt at examining my life.

On Conversation

On Conversation

I have been thinking about the nature of conversations lately. With the political season ramping up and discussions about RFRA and other big issues hitting the spot light, it has me thinking about how we engage with those who are different from us.

What I’m seeing are two kinds of people. The first is the “belligerent tool”. The second is the “milksop doormat”. Both are unhelpful and neither really bring anything to the conversation.

There’s a third way. A better way.

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The Biggest Issue

The Biggest Issue

A good friend asked me two questions about church planting last week. The first question he asked me, “What is the biggest thing you’ve learned?” The second one, “What’s the biggest issue you’ve faced while church planting?” He was quick to note that the two questions are not the same thing. While I didn’t have…Continue Reading

On Discipleship

On Discipleship

I had a conversation with a friend the other day about what it’s like to do church planting. He asked me two questions. The first one was, “What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned church planting?” What a great question. I didn’t even have to hesitate to answer. The biggest thing I’ve learned church planting is…Continue Reading

Easter Sermon

The people of God rejected God as their King (1 Sam 8). Jesus, the God-Man served, loved, and reigns (Phil 2:5-11), He is the King of Kings (Rev 1:4-8). The resurrection calls us to live today to serve the King.Continue Reading

Grace Not Shame

Grace Not Shame

Good Friday is here. It’s a solemn and sad day. It’s a day that we must confront the reality of our sin. It is the day on the Christian calendar that we remember the crucifixion of Jesus. Crucifixion is ugly. Crucifixion is what happens when you threaten the Empire to its very core. Crucifixion is…Continue Reading

Betrayal, Everyday

Betrayal, Everyday

Maundy Thursday is one of those days on the Christian calendar that is a little overlooked but has great meaning. Part of the reason it’s overlooked is the name is weird. It is on this day that we remember the washing of the disciples feet (maundy) and the last supper. During the last supper and…Continue Reading

The Greatest Problem

The Greatest Problem

Nearly every week I gather around a table with people at the local pub for something called, Doubt on Tap. We drink great beer and have conversations about the things that matter. Last night, we discussed a quote by Robert Reich, The moral crisis of our age has nothing to do with gay marriage or…Continue Reading

The Religious Elite

The Religious Elite

I posed a question yesterday on the Facebook: I wonder what would happen if we took holy week to critique the religious leadership structures in the Church every year? It received some gentle push back and critique. This is one of the things I love about Facebook. I have a tremendous community of people who…Continue Reading

Moving Mom In

Moving Mom In

Tomorrow we move my mom into our home for a season. Thankfully, it’s a choice we’ve all made and not one that is necessitated by external circumstance. The response to this has ranged from, “That’s awesome!” to “Wow, I could never do that.” to “Hmm…good luck with that.” What’s interesting is that it never, not…Continue Reading