We have all witnessed it. We’ve all done it. The situation is unfolding and then someone kicks UP the volume. Tensions rise. We call these discussions – “heated”. Whether it’s the person at the airline counter who once was trying to convey their frustration and need, but has now slipped across the line into personal […]Read more "Volume"
I love the Church. Not just the church I get to serve, but THE Church. The one entrusted to carry the message of the grace of Christ forward to each generation. The one vehicle of God’s message that He promised would never fail, but always prevail. The one enlisted to move the movement of Jesus […]Read more "Church & You"
From time to time I’m asked the question of ‘what are you reading?’ So, here’s a list of what I’m up to in the next couple months – some summer reading. I’d love to have you add your suggestions in the comments if ya want to help me compile a list others might find helpful. […]Read more "Summer Reading"
We spend our young toddler lives asking questions of people. We hunger to ask. We grow up and we still ask. Maybe not for answers. But we ask people – we invite them to join us at dinner, the ball game, school events and a host of other things. I remember seeing an interesting statistic […]Read more "ASK"
I have an announcement to make – something to declare. May your ears never become bored of this message – may it never grow dull or old… A few things in life age. A few things begin to wear out over time. Wait, that’s pretty much everything, isn’t it? Most things get old – older […]Read more "May it never get old…"
This last weekend, I had the chance to share in our services a little about John chapter 1. We looked at this pattern that emerges – how these folks that are experiencing Jesus – being found by God’s presence in Him. How they begin to turn immediately and find others who they desire and wish […]Read more "Come and See"
We all remember the bewilderment of Dorthy upon her early realization & navigation of the Land of Oz. New scenery. New sounds. Her internal awareness dashboard a flutter with red flashing lights. Visiting a new place is exciting for some, but down-right scary for others. Now think about your Church. Is it scary too? I’m […]Read more "Visiting ‘Oz’ & other observations"
I remember a time when in Jr. High, there was a moment of embarrassment. There I stood with shame cascading down on me, all eyes were locked or moving toward me…then IT happened. From next to me came a voice of a friend…this voice stepped in and stepped up to take the attention and shield […]Read more "A Champion’s Voice"
Brokenness is what defines all of us. But it doesn’t have to be our inescapable destiny. We are all broken and no matter how much duct tape, self-help and determination we can muster – we simply can not put us back together again (as the song goes)… Beauty is engaging – it captivates and clings […]Read more "Beloved beats Broken"
I’ve been reading the book The Me I Want to Be, by John Ortberg. It’s a good read on spiritual growth and formation. Sometimes, it’s the thoughts within books that set my mind a churning with ideas to write about…sometimes they simply ping-pong around in my head as I wrestle with them, own them and […]Read more "It’s not about the rules…"
With every road trip comes some reflections… These are some random thoughts, quotes and impressions rattling around within as the experience of Catalyst West Conference is unfolding around me. As a follower of Jesus it’s important to be invested into – same goes as a leader along with being a follower. So welcome aboard – […]Read more "Road Trip Reflections"
On June 5, 1978, a seven-year old boy named Martin Turgeon slipped off a wharf and fell into the Prairie River in Canada. At least a dozen adults saw him struggle for a few moments before he sank & drowned. Why didn’t anyone dive in to save him? Just upstream, a plant used to dump […]Read more "the plunge & the unexpected entrance"
I notice some things and yet other things I completely miss. Are you the same way? The interesting thing about noticing is that often it strikes an emotion within me, within us. We can notice something that’s not put away like it is supposed to be and frustration rises up. We may notice a toddler waddling […]Read more "compassion: notice & respond"
We seem to hear so many voices, noises, sounds & calls as we go through life. I have always appreciated a simple piece of insight that I received early on in my spiritual journey. It was this tip: train your ear to the call of wisdom. It’s one thing to have intelligence or street smarts & another to […]Read more "the call of wisdom"
Ok – been working on teaching this Sunday through the subject of suffering. Biblically, in 1 Peter – the Apostle is addressing those who are navigating waters that few of us swim in. Persecution has broken out against believers & will intensify in the years ahead for them. We may face some here & there, but there […]Read more "anchored ’til the end"