Far Away, So Close

transcendence beautifying immanence When you’re going through something difficult or scary in life, it’s the most natural thing in the world to want someone... Read More

Focusing on the One Big Thing in 2016

2015 is gone. 2016 has arrived like a freight train barreling forward. Time never stands still. Every minute that passes by means that we are closer to the return of Christ.... Read More

Costly Worship?

Have you ever started out on some project or endeavor, only to discover part ways in that it was actually going to be much more costly and time consuming than you had... Read More

Inside AND Out

Most of us by now – whether you have kids or not – have seen the new Disney/Pixar film Inside Out.  One of the general themes of that film included the... Read More

How To Handle Terror From the Pulpit

On Friday November 13th, we watched in horror as 127 people were murdered and another 180 were injured in brutal terror attacks that struck Paris. It was a surreal scene. It... Read More

Weaken Me For Your Service

When you’re faced with something that feels too big for you, what is one of the first prayers on your lips? Isn’t it, “God, give me strength!” or... Read More

5 Keys to Avoiding a Leadership Crisis

It happens in the blink of an eye. One day a pastor is doing meaningful and fruitful ministry within a growing local church. The next day he disappears. Death, moral failure,... Read More

"We're Leaving"

Well, it happened again. Not face to face. Not over the phone. But on Facebook, of all places.  “We have really prayed about this. The decision has not come easily,... Read More

Connecting The Dots

What do we do with unanswered prayers, by which – of course – I mean prayers that are not answered in the way we had hoped? This can be a question and concern all... Read More

After Camp

I’m a big fan of camp ministry. My opportunities to speak at or be involved in camp ministry have been pretty limited, but as a pastor I have seen the fruit of camp... Read More