This Lent, as we focus so much on Jesus (for good reason!), it’s also a great time to focus on what Jesus thought was important enough to do right before he was arrested, beaten, and crucified. He prayed for the church.
Often, I think we are so used to driving by the church, going to the church, or praying in church that we forget to pray for the church.
Using some of the same thoughts as Jesus prayed in John... Read More
How joyful are you today?
A few days ago I had an honest conversation with God. I asked him to restore to me the joy of my salvation, because for several days I had been frustrated and angry and all my joy had left the building.
The man looking back at his life in Ecclesiastes chapter 2 had tried to find meaning with pleasure and laughter, great projects, beautiful homes and gardens, lots of money and possessions. “I denied myself... Read More
The city of Jerusalem is the holiest place in the world for Jews—the Western Wall is all that remains of their ancient temple. It is part of King Herod’s foundation for the platform on which the temple once stood. Jerusalem is Islam’s third holiest place—on the former temple mount sit the Al-Aqsa Mosque (A.D. 705) and the Dome of the Rock (A.D. 695), believed by pious Muslims to be the place where Muhammad made his night journey to heaven.
Jerusalem... Read More
Each morning this past week, I’ve put a pile of clothes on my bed with the best of intentions. I intended to hang up the jeans I wore for one hour, put the T-shirt and hoodies away, fold the workout clothes (that I also had good intentions about this week), and frankly just put the socks back in the dirty clothes basket because even though I never actually wore them, they are dirty because the dog snuck them over to... Read More
Gary says I lost my “man card.”
Gary is an amazing guy from my church who is built like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s second cousin (whom I assume is ripped). But a few months ago, when I told Gary I had just seen the movie La La Land with my wife, he sighed and shook his head, “Pastor, I think you just lost your man card.”
In my defense, La La Land dominated the Academy Awards in addition to earning nearly a... Read More
Recently I went through Jesus’ letters to the churches in the book of Revelation. Jesus pinpointed the weaknesses and strengths of each congregation. He commended a few churches for their perseverance in hardship. He warned churches that were straying and needed to turn back to him.
It’s easy to look at the letters and point fingers.
They were bad.
They were good.
It’s a little more terrifying to realize Jesus might be talking to us.
Consider the Laodiceans. Jesus said... Read More
Your friend didn’t answer your text about next weekend’s plans. I mean, REALLY, how hard would it be to just text back?
However, when you drop the ball on a text, well, that’s different. You meant to, but . . .
If you read something online and the author didn’t cover every point that you would have said, they must be uninformed, stupid, not love God with the same depth of faith you do, hate a specific group, be insensitive... Read More