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
“How are you? How have you been?”
Have you noticed how many of us answer that question that way? (Guilty.)
Some people are very aware of the busyness epidemic. In a culture where simplicity and minimalism are becoming huge trends, some treat the word busy like it’s a four-letter word, like busy is ruining our lives.
To be honest, the minimalist, ultra-simple lifestyle is not a goal of mine. If I decided to get really worked up about never... Read More
My Christian parents who raised me so well will probably cringe when they read this, but I’m going to be totally honest. I went for years in my late teens and early 20s where I rarely touched my Bible when I wasn’t around other people. I went to church, I went to chapel sometimes at school, and I led a Bible study group in my apartment for a while, but my personal Bible study life was, well, lifeless.
I... Read More
“What’s the impossible thing you don’t believe God can do?”
The discussion question posed to our Bible study group last week was followed by silence.
I racked my brain for an answer, and, finding nothing, proudly determined I had such great faith that I believed God can do anything.
Until my friend spoke up. “I don’t always believe God will do the little things, and sometimes I feel silly praying for them,” she said. “I was in a wedding... Read More
We make checklists for our workdays. We create to-do lists for home projects. We plan out the dinners we’ll cook for the upcoming week. We schedule our workouts into our morning or evening.
So why don’t we plan out our spiritual life with a similar amount of thought or in a concrete way? Why don’t we come at our faith with the same intention and focus and purpose? French writer and poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said, “A goal without a... Read More