Life Isn’t About Overcoming The other day I was scrolling through facebook when I came upon an announcement from a friend. Her mother had died, and a celebration service was being held in her mother’s honor at a future date. A celebration service? When my mom died, we had a … Continue reading
I came upon an interesting definition of leadership a few weeks ago in a journal: “Disappointing your own people at a rate they can absorb.” Near the end of the article, the author stated that he is inspired by the Great Disappointer, Jesus. Jesus disappointed many people. On a small … Continue reading
I have a longtime friend who has many skills. He’s a great preacher and teacher. A strong leader. Faithful father. Fervent pray-er. Diligent reader. Thoughtful writer. Generous giver. Committed jogger. And a really good winker. There can be months where we go without seeing each other. And then we … Continue reading
I believe in the historical Jesus; I believe, as the Apostle’s Creed declares, that he was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; that he suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; And that on the third day he rose again from the dead. … Continue reading
Romans 8 is arguably the greatest chapter in the Bible. Some of the most cherished verses of believers come from this text: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (v. 1). “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again … Continue reading
In one of my classes at Life Challenge, I issue an assignment called “Hate Work.” I ask the students to reflect on their lives and identify sources of pain from their past. “Who hurt you? What did they do (or not do)? How did it make you feel?” It is … Continue reading
There are a lot of things I have been accused of to which I plead guilty: Slurping my tea (drives my sister crazy!) Being too predictable (borderline boring) Not being a good listener (Ouch!) Being too cheap (How much was that again honey?) Being last minute (I like to think … Continue reading
‘Tis the season to be waiting . . . Waiting for the ham to cook, the pecan pie to cool, the Amazon order to arrive, the long lines to clear, the grandkids to come… Waiting for Christ to return.