Delight (part 2)

I have to be honest. I couldn’t wait to get to the pool that afternoon and watch Drew swim. I think the parents in the stands were more nervous and anxious than the boys on the deck.... Read More »

Delight

God’s delight in me (and you) is not performance based. Sometimes I need to be reminded of that, and I figured that you might need a reminder too. This past winter our 8th grader... Read More »
Learning How to Love

Learning How to Love

More than any other portion of Scripture, John 8:1-11 teaches us how grace loves others. While many doubt the reliability of this passage, the Jesus presented in these verses looks... Read More »
Real Holiness

Real Holiness

So, what is real holiness? What does it mean to be a holy (qdsh) person? It means that you give up your right or claim to be and do according to your own will. It means giving yourself... Read More »
Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement

Conflict happens. But there is something proactive that we as pastors can do. We can do some mood management to promote joy and grace as centerpieces of the church. See what you think... Read More »
Care For Those You Love Most

Care For Those You Love Most

My family really loves me. They are interested in and care about my ministry. They sympathize when things are going poorly, and they rejoice with me over victories. They are invested... Read More »
A Prodigal Son or Daughter

A Prodigal Son or Daughter

Fathers have come to my office eager to talk about their sons or daughters who were far from God. Some of these men were suffering from attitude problems and made remarks like: “When... Read More »
(Part 3) Walking Slowly

(Part 3) Walking Slowly

One of the biggest mistakes that we pastors can make when dealing with people experiencing great loss and pain is to say too much. I have found that most of the time people don’t... Read More »
Interruptions

Interruptions

How can you tell the difference between an interruption and a divine appointment? What makes one unplanned encounter burdensome and another life-giving? We might be tempted to say that... Read More »
Preaching and Easter (Part 5)

Preaching and Easter (Part 5)

So, the day comes. It’s Easter Sunday—one of the most important preaching events any pastor has all year long. How do we embrace that moment of powerful opportunity? I can only... Read More »