Good Friday always sounds like such an oxymoron; at least at first glance. I was reminded powerfully this morning about why that "good" in Good Friday is there. I was visiting one of our church's shut-ins, bringing communion. We began in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. … Continue reading Putting the Good in Good Friday
There are plenty of important days to celebrate as followers of Jesus. But the events of the last week of Jesus' life, known commonly as "Holy Week," are arguably the most important in the life of a Christian. Here is why: 1. History The claims of Christianity are founded in history, not philosophy. I recently … Continue reading Three Reasons The Week Before Easter Is The Most Important Week To Celebrate
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