Culture change or individual conversion?

In the 1800's, Charles Finney was deeply invested in the spiritual life of the still fledgling United States. There were opposing views of the responsibility of individuals as they experienced the new life as a Christian, one converted 'from' a way of life 'to' another, that of Christ as the center. Was the primary concern …

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The Reversal of Power (or finding a voice!)

Politicians. Celebrities. Athletes. Ministers. Men. Women. Business owners. Parents. We are all impacted in one way or another. There is something brewing in our culture, and has been for as long as humanity has had breath. Power. It's a seductive call in the heart. And it has been on display in our news cycles for …

Stirred Obedience

“After this, a Jewish festival took place, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. By the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there is a pool, called Bethesda in Aramaic, which has five colonnades. Within these lay a large number of the disabled — blind, lame, and paralyzed. ... One man was there who had been disabled for thirty-eight years. …

Will I or Won’t I?

Over the past several years, I have been engaged in pursuing my Masters in Divinity. Just under two years left in this season of my life and I have truly been challenged and transformed in so many ways. I think that the primary way I have been challenged is the expansion of my heart and …

Of Caves and Bedsheets

Fear does some strange things to us. I remember as a kid doing the typical late night thing after watching a scary movie. The movie itself was terrifying - and I did it to myself by choosing to watch it. Then came the inevitable moment when sleep begins to take over and the images of …

How do I actually live this?

I was asked that question earlier this week. It was from someone who struggles with addiction. It has impacted their life, their marriage, their work, their health - you name it, it's been touched. The frustration was painfully obvious from this individual as I was asked that question about living the Christian life. They pray. …

Wrestling with tragedy…

Senseless Tragedy The above link is to a story I read today. Two teen girls apparently killed on a trail in Indiana, a rural area outside of Lafayette. I read a lot of news. Some of it is political in nature. A lot deals with the sciences. I am moved by stories where good has happened …

The Struggle for Hearts

As I write this, the news crossing my screens is pretty dire. 30+ tourists killed in Tunisia. Suicide attack in Kuwait. Beheading in France. And on the American front, I read about the decision made by the Supreme Court that radically transforms marriage. What a divergent flood. And all this is pecking at hearts. For …

Silence – Good or Bad?

Silence is missing in our culture. It is painfully obvious when we have our streaming music going, the TV playing streaming programs, buzzing from our phones and rings from texts, the sounds surround us with anything but silence. So, when we feel that God is silent, we are surprised. Kind of like if you have …

Thinking about leadership…

I have a desire. Not just any. But I don't think that I often put it into words. That desire focuses on the real need for real leaders to be seen, heard, understood, and emulated. I want to be part of developing a culture at the church I lead that embraces new, young, inexperienced leaders …