The other day I posted the above quote. It raised quite a bit of online and offline discussion. So much so, that I felt it could and should be discussed further. In my understanding, this quote is an analogous attempt to contrast two ideas. 1.) Churches as museums… where ideas and artifacts and histories are […]Read More Churches As Hospitals
Please keep reading. One of the ugliest truths about myself that I have had to come to terms with is hiding in the back half of this post’s title. My head and heart are almost constantly overestimating my own worth. It has always been this way. Always. It began in the Garden of Eden. It […]Read More I’m Not Better Than You… I Just Think I Am.
The beginning and end of this discussion should be charity, sorrow, and grief. A young woman just a few years older than my oldest daughter is dead. Her husband, family, and those that loved her are grieving. Instead of trying to win an argument, perhaps that knowledge should drive our discussions ahead of our own […]Read More Death With Dignity, Suicide, or Something Else?
This week I shared a brief fly over version of what God is calling us to be as a church. My goal this week (if for no other reason than to test my personal discipline and self-will) is to elaborate on each of those values… one each day. Hopefully this will give you a better […]Read More Process Church Core Values: One Day at a Time
First I should admit that I am (as are most men) the biggest baby when it comes to pain. Any physical discomfort is almost immediately translated as dire affliction. Our wives endure far more in bringing children into the world. So I have this lower back thing… now I feel like one of the people […]Read More A Bit Further South
I have recently been re-reminded of that profound verse in James 5:16 …the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. That little phrase continues to have more intense meaning to me as the years proceed. Most recently I have been reminded of the importance of prayer as my family and I face this […]Read More Powerful & Effective Prayers
I will admit that my ears are completely tuned to hearing messages about starting a church! OK – with that out of the way – I heard one of those messages in the most unusual places… my yard. This past Saturday I had committed to giving the entire day to work on the house. There […]Read More Lessons from Saturday Labor: Painting & Planting
As fall arrives and we enter a new ministry year I have been contemplating this question… where does vision come from? It often seems that the blind are leading the blind. No direction. Or worse… different directions and no forward movement. So what of it? I have been wrestling with this idea by looking at […]Read More Where Does Vision Come From?
Some people watch television to unplug and relax. Others watch to plug in and be informed. I watch for reasons all my own… and very different ones at that. Jon Stewart is a culturist (as I attempt to be). He offers more than comedy. He gives nightly social commentary. And whether you agree with him […]Read More All I Really Needed to Know I Learned On the Daily Show
This may or may not be meaningful to you. Personally, I’m not much of an outdoorsman. On a recent 1500 mile trip I was overwhelmed by the powerful imagery of (and similarity between) the way I found myself watching for deer and the ways in which I seek people who are not-yet-Christian. This story will […]Read More The Parable of the Deer
I have an extreme fascination with words. The words I choose say so much about who I am. How I think… or fail to. The longer I live the more carefully I choose my words. I realize that they are very powerful for encouragement or harm. So why the blog name change? Some of you […]Read More What’s In A Name?
A few years ago now I had to sell the first brand new car we ever purchased… and that made the decision even more difficult. Looking back, the thing I miss most about that car is that it was a stick shift. Now those of you who have only ever driven automatic transmission cars may […]Read More Shifting Gears