Life is a constant balancing act. You can’t have it all. That is particularly hard for me to write, because I want to have it all. I want to be a great husband, and a great dad, and a great pastor, and a great coach, and to improve my woodworking skills, and win the road … Continue reading You Can’t Have It All
Every church wants to be known as a welcoming church. And I would say that most churches fancy themselves to be welcoming; whether a guest feels the same may be an entirely different matter. I was recently involved in a discussion about how people should act in the sanctuary before the service started that got … Continue reading What All Welcoming Churches Know
With all the books on parenting out there now, I sometimes wonder how anyone managed to grow up OK before all these books. I don't think there is anything necessarily wrong with getting as much insider advice on parenting as possible. Raising kids can be tough. Raising good kids can be even tougher. I just … Continue reading How Long Is Your Shadow?
“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King Jr There’s a story of a truck driver who was sitting in a crowded roadside … Continue reading In A World of Darkness, Be A Light.
Some words transcend time, cultures, and ethnicity. These are not those words. Looking for an out-of-the-box way to express your love this Valentine's Day? God's got you covered. You don't have to look any further than an oft overlooked book of the Bible: The Song of Solomon. I encourage you to read it yourself, but … Continue reading Biblical Valentines
Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods. “Alternative facts” will likely become one of those phrases that gets cemented into the English language. Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway used the phrase in an argument with the journalist Chuck Todd over crowd sizes, of all things. When pressed during the interview with Chuck Todd to explain … Continue reading Alternative Facts
Every time I find myself in a high school I look for the track and field record board. It’s usually not hard to find. They’re often posted in prominent places. We want to honor those student/athletes who have achieved greatness. And we want to spur others on to try to beat them. I ran track … Continue reading Coming In Last
"Make America great again." This was the rallying cry of Donald Trump as he ran for the office of President of the United States. Wrapped up in this slogan is the underlying assumption that America was great at one time, and that it is not great any longer. Those are debatable assumptions for another day. … Continue reading Greatness
We all love a good story. Good stories make you feel like you are a part of the action. You can see yourself in them. They can make us laugh, or cry, or get angry. I heard this little bit on the news the other night and it stuck with me. Can you guess what … Continue reading Go Tell It On The Mountain
The story of Jesus' birth gets repeated a lot this time of year. But how much of the story we know and repeat is an accurate reflection of what the Scripture teaches? The answers and explanations to these questions are listed below. 1. Fact or Fiction: Everything we know about the birth of Jesus comes … Continue reading Quiz: How Well Do You Know The Christmas Story?