More Than Enough

Things here, things there, things everywhere.Things fill our lives. By things, we do survive.It’s part of who we are. We need bigger houses and enjoy nicer cars.People love to consume things. Things love to consume people.It just keeps piling it up ’til it’s as high as the church steeple. I’ve never considered myself a poet. … Continue reading More Than Enough

Sacred Space

Being around people gives me energy. I thrive in social settings. Large gatherings leave me feeling alive. Being an extrovert has served me well in ministry over the years, as church leadership requires a certain level of social engagement. For me, there is nothing more satisfying than meaningful collaboration with like-minded people.  Although I am … Continue reading Sacred Space

Three Things

Someone recently asked me what I would focus on if I were trying to steward new life in a declining or stagnant congregation. I told them I would focus on three things intently, and I would not waver. Renewal First, I would cultivate a culture of renewal/revival: a kingdom culture of transformation. We should do … Continue reading Three Things

Identity Crisis

In middle school and part of high school, I was on the wrestling team. I was good at it. There was a technique rarely used called the “barbwire.” It became my finishing move. During that time I was consumed with wrestling. It was my identity. Later in high school, I took an interest in playing … Continue reading Identity Crisis

God Is Good

“For the LORD is good; His loving-kindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.”~Psalm 100:5 God is good. He is far better than we think He is. Too often we reduce God’s goodness to a fun little catchphrase frequently repeated in church on Sundays: “God is good all the time and all the time God … Continue reading God Is Good

Return To Joy

“Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures.” ~Thomas Aquinas There is no such thing as a joyless Christian. The culture of heaven is established in celebration. Scripture contains various commands for us to rejoice. Giving thanks is good … Continue reading Return To Joy

Precedent Of Love

Whenever God says something for the first time, He sets a precedent. When God sets a precedent, His ways are known forever. Scripture provides numerous examples of God setting a precedent with His people. The joy of discovering more profound revelation through the written Word is realizing that God’s promises toward us have always been … Continue reading Precedent Of Love