There's a lesson you learn on a farm, especially a "dry land" farm. I grew up on a farm where we were almost completely at the mercy of God for each year's crops. If it was a cold, snowy winter, that meant we were late in getting the crop planted. If we had a late … Continue reading Cultivating Thankfulness
Self-Control + Contentment + Thankfulness + Grace = Generosity It's November...well, almost. Today, we will live in excess. Tomorrow, our children - and, let's be honest, our adults - will wake up with a candy hangover. We will take down the Halloween decorations, throw away the rotten pumpkins that were carved, and incorporate the non-carved … Continue reading Radical Generosity
Yesterday at church, we had a speaker from Answers in Genesis whose 50-minute talk was titled: "Creation vs. Evolution: Why It Matters." He painted a picture of the decline of American Christianity, the lack of moral absolutes both outside and inside the Christian Church, and the moral decay of our nation. The direction of the … Continue reading Is creation anti-science?
I am with our worship creative team at a conference this week (they call them "creatives" here, a new sub-species of homo sapien in the last generation of church work, though I would argue the church has always had "creatives"...but I digress). Yesterday, we had a morning debate about the theological accuracy of saying God's … Continue reading Is God Reckless?
Here is a list of friends whose writing I like to read: Pastor Jeff Cloeter sixthgen.com Shay Cawthon mightysamuraijoe.wordpress.com Pastor Jon Brandenburg authenticrealityaugmentedfeelings.wordpress.com (more to add later)
So you want to read your Bible. Well, maybe want to is too strong of a sentiment... So you know you should read your Bible. Not to mention, you feel guilty that you don't. And you feel guilty that you're a Christian who doesn't know enough. And you feel intimidated around other Christians who you're convinced know more. And you're … Continue reading I’m Learning to Listen to God: 4 Simple Ways
This has been a long time coming. In the spring of 2007, I heard a keynote address by Dr. Leonard Sweet, where he shared about how the Bible he used for preaching and teaching was one he was preparing to give to his children. At the time, we were about a trimester into my wife's … Continue reading A gift for my firstborn