Standing Firm

Oak Trees and Dandelions

An enormous oak tree stood in the front yard of the house where I grew up. I saw it literally every day for years when I was a kid. For me, to walk past that oak tree on my way to school was as natural as breathing. The tree was so huge I couldn’t even […]

A MISSIONAL CHRISTMAS

28 Days from Overwhelming to Unforgettable

For the past year Page and I (OK, mostly Page) have been writing a devotional book for the Advent season entitled A Missional Christmas: 28 Days from Overwhelming to Unforgettable. We’re very excited to make this announcement. We’re also pleased to offer a free digital version of the book to everyone who will go to […]

IS VIRTUE TRULY IT’S OWN REWARD?

What to do when your actions aren't getting the results you want.

When we were kids my brother had a T-shirt that read “Virtue is it’s own punishment.” I didn’t get the saying then, but now I know it’s a satirical slant on the saying, “Virtue is it’s own reward,” meaning that even if you aren’t rewarded for doing a good deed, the deed itself is reward […]

UNLESS THE LORD BUILDS THE HOUSE: OUR FIRST VIEW IN THE LIGHT

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Unless the Lord builds the house they labor in vain who build it. Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. Psalm 127:1 Light has a way of exposing things, especially flaws and imperfections. The video below is the first time Page and I had seen the house since the power […]

HAVE WE LOST OUR MINDS?

Unless the Lord Builds the House: Day 1

Page and I haven’t lost our minds. We bought a house that was in foreclosure to renovate and make into our home. We’ve decided it would be fun, and maybe even helpful to others, if we journaled our journey and looked for some biblical lessons as we complete the project. We’ve decided to base our […]

C. Y. A. : THE UNSPOKEN ‘GOLDEN RULE’ OF OUR CULTURE. HOW TO RESPOND WHEN SOMEONE THROWS YOU UNDER THE BUS

If you’ve never heard the term ‘C.Y.A’, I’ll leave it up to you to google its meaning. I’ll just paraphrase and say that it’s the practice of protecting yourself by blaming someone else. C.Y.A., throwing someone under the bus, passing the buck, finding a scapegoat, stabbing in the back. It doesn’t matter what phrase is […]

THE PETTINESS OF CHURCH

Loving people enough to overlook the small things

“I can tell you what I don’t miss,” she snapped. “I don’t miss the pettiness of church.” Since I’m a pastor, her words hit me like an iron skillet in the face. I felt defensive, but I knew what she meant. I’d felt the same way myself, but I’d never used the phrase “the pettiness […]

The Transgender Restroom Debate:

The loss of modesty

There are many facets and perspectives of the transgender restroom debate. Some people debate their position based on their definition of gender and gender identity. Some approach the subject on the basis of tradition. For some it’s a matter of morality. Others are more concerned with the safety and security of children. People have even […]

How do I deal with the pain of sin when the pleasure is over?

I was driving and  listening to an album of a worship service led by Casting Crowns. Mark Hall, one of the members of the group, uttered one of the most profound statements I’ve heard in a long time: “Jesus never experienced the pleasure of sin; only the pain.” There it was. So as that statement […]