With temptations towards arrogance and pride, fear of man and self-preservation, it's easy to have a dysfunctional relationship with controversy. Either we thrive off of it, getting our fix from raised eyebrows, sparred words, and impassioned disagreements. Or, we fear it, clinging stoically to silence, which is often just a shield to hide our cowardice … Continue reading Controversy: To Engage, or Not to Engage, That Is the Question.
I love how God works through writing to build up His church and advance His mission, soooo... it's book giveaway time! - - To enter this giveaway, subscribe to our mailing list by leaving your email address here and comment below naming which option you'd like to win. All three of these have powerfully impacted my … Continue reading Book Giveaway!
"There are starving people who would be happy to eat your dinner!" Statements like this echo on the lips of mothers everywhere, desperate to teach their kids a little perspective and generosity. I know it's true in our home. Despite the fact that such sentiments never made me happy to eat lasagna, I still employ the … Continue reading Rethinking “Eat Your Dinner, People Are Starving!”
Over the past few years, God has intensified my desire to spend whatever short days I have on earth living for the mission. I want to invest time serving the hurting and befriending the outcast. I want to boldly proclaim the Good News to those who haven't received it. I want to utilize money to … Continue reading We’re Sent Together, Not Alone
About a year ago, we started praying together as a family after dinner. With two three-year-olds at the table, brevity is important and direction is necessary. The predictability of a prayer schedule has helped the kids participate with increasing independence, though we’ll still get the occasional, “I don’t know what to say,” and have to … Continue reading A Weekly Family Prayer Schedule
Just as we struggle to love our families and friends, we will walk through seasons or situations in which we lack love for our pastors. This may be due to bitterness towards their sin, frustration with their shortcomings, or the arrogance of our own hearts. At other times, we may take them for granted and … Continue reading 4 Ways to Love Your Pastor
“I just don’t feel called to sexual purity.” “Reading the Bible isn’t my gifting.” “It’s great that you pray, but I follow God in other ways.” Faithful Christians and churches would rightly find these statements concerning. Yet it seems that demonstrating mercy to the needy is often talked about in similar ways. We affirm that … Continue reading The Mercy Mandate
I just saw someone arrested. I was walking towards a grocery store when I noticed a man on the ground surrounded by 4 other men. They all looked concerned, so I initially thought he must've had a seizure. I walked over and asked if there was anything I could do to help. The men looked … Continue reading An Arrest and Victor Hugo
Meet Emily. My beautiful sister-in-law and beloved aunt to my three kids. For the past several months Emily has babysat for me every Friday morning. She does this so that I can serve a local Syrian refugee family. During these mornings I either work with "M" who is diagnosed with autism, play with "J" and … Continue reading Behind-The-Scenes Service: Unglamorous and Irreplaceable
Today, most of our newsfeeds will fill with Martin Luther King Jr. quotes. We'll celebrate his stand for racial justice, his pointed voice of wisdom, his peaceful stance in the midst of violent hate. But how many of us will question whether or not we would have been such enthusiastic supporters 50 years ago? We … Continue reading Dear White People: An Exhortation to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Differently