Sometimes life goes sideways. Sometimes the cabin loses pressure at 30,000 feet. How do you respond? Who’s in control at that moment? It’s easy to say “God is in control” when life is smooth. But when it goes sideways our real beliefs and values show up. Do I believe God is still in control even…Read more Fighting for control
Have you ever had a crazy-busy season of life after which you just wanted to take a vacation and get some rest? That’s kinda what it can be like around a church office the week after Easter. We just finished the biggest event of the year, with four gatherings and almost 1500 people. We wrapped…Read more Does God take vacation?
One of the stories to emerge in the news recently is of a French policeman who volunteered to take the place of a hostage during negotiations. The negotiations didn’t go well, and several people lost their lives, including the policeman. That policeman is now being honored as a true hero, as well he should. To…Read more A modern day substitutionary death
Snow in the Spring is a surprise. But here was a bigger and better surprise from this week. I came across this statement from Jesus: I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. Luke 16:9 NIV The statement caught…Read more Even if you don’t like surprises you’ll like this one
We’re inundated with fitness paraphernalia. Smart phones, tracking devices, wearables, apps, fad diets, and more. But what about becoming a F.I.T. person? How does that work? It’s simple step. Maybe not easy, but simple. F.I.T. stands for Follower In Training. And it’s taken from the words of Jesus himself in Luke 6:40: The student is…Read more One simple step to becoming a F.I.T. person
I listened as the gentleman from Africa described his dream of building something that didn’t exist anywhere on the continent. Though we’d only met once before, I was captivated by his vision. As he continued, I thought, “This is way bigger than what any one person can accomplish.” He was quick to acknowledge that. And…Read more When you KNOW you can’t do it by yourself
February is Black History month. There was a time in my life when I truly didn’t get it. I didn’t understand why a special month was necessary. But through the patient conversations of many friends (too many to name, but you know who you are), through the compelling writings of gifted authors, and through the…Read more My history with Black History month