I didn’t plan for that! It wasn’t supposed to happen this way! I can’t believe it!
Whether you are talking about a relationship falling apart, a child’s illness, a possible dam failure in California, a car accident, or a cancer diagnosis, none of us really thinks the worst will happen. But the worst does happen. To others—you can read it in news headlines. To friends—you’ll see it on social media. To you—you’ll get a middle-of-the-night phone call.
So what can... Read More
In my own personal situation and in our marriage, an organized life has without a doubt helped us make more space in our schedule, budget, and life for what matters.
So I wanted to write a post about the specific ways in which this is true. It’s just as much for my own sake as it is for yours.
If you’re like me, this post is to help you see the blessings in your natural tendencies, to make sure you’re... Read More
This Thanksgiving, as part of our prayers, my family will say, “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good.”
At one church we attended, every worship service began with:
Pastor: God is good.
Worshipers: All the time.
Pastor: All the time.
Worshipers: God is good.
When people I love talk about healing, recovery, restored relationships, and seeing God say yes to their prayers, they say, “God is good.”
As we are all encouraged to list the things we... Read More
I am getting better at this over time, but a couple years ago I remember feeling like a big fat failure a lot.
I know; that sounds dramatic, but I’m just being honest.
I felt like I wasn’t good enough, like I was often coming up short. Most of all, I felt like I was letting people down. Maybe you can relate? It seems like this is a female epidemic.
In a world where we women set the bar really high... Read More
My generation, the millennial generation, tends to take a lot of flak for moral relativism, sense of entitlement, and an “everybody gets a trophy” hypersensitivity. Fair enough. I’m not crazy about that either and as a pastor am regularly addressing such issues.
But I’d encourage Christian leaders (and Christians in general) who’ve been disheartened by this generation’s less-than-spectacular Sunday morning church attendance to not write them off too quickly. There’s reason to be optimistic.
Specifically, there is legitimate, renewed hope... Read More