Monthly Archives: April 2016

Dating in a Small Church
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Dating in a Small Church

After working in large churches all of my ministry life, my last church made a decision to multiply into smaller churches. Some call this the micro-church movement. I found these were some of our healthier years as a church. I love being involved in a small church. People know each other, really know each other. […]

We Are Cracked (But That is How the Unearned Love Gets Out)
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We Are Cracked (But That is How the Unearned Love Gets Out)

I believe everyone’s faith grows from memory to memory. It’s not the powerful sermons that mark our faith journey (yes, even my powerful sermons which are the best ever given do not serve as spiritual markers) or the worship music or the Bible study. We mark our faith from memory to memory—whether those memories are […]

Brave Dating Practice:  Commit Yourself to a Local Church
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Brave Dating Practice: Commit Yourself to a Local Church

If taking notes from this blog, write this one down. This is a brave dating practice. You may think that loving Jesus is enough. It’s not. Somehow this weird “Jesus and me” mentality has infected Christianity. For too many church has become listening to podcasts, watching popular preachers, hiking, skiing, or otherwise spend time in […]

We Leak.  But That is How the Unearned Love Gets Out
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We Leak. But That is How the Unearned Love Gets Out

Part 1. This reminds me of a sermon illustration I “borrowed” way back in the early 1980s. It was a short story about a guy who came forward to the alter call week after week. Each week this guy would wail before God asking for mercy. One week one of the pew sitters who was […]

About Your Trying and Trying and Trying
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About Your Trying and Trying and Trying

My first message I ever gave was in 1981 on 1 Timothy 4:8-9. I was 18 years old. And it was a good one. I have used it over and over and over again. I cleverly created a spiritual workout which included things like “sit ups” as in sit up in church and “lift weights” […]

Women’s Hearts Must Be Guarded.  Really?
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Women’s Hearts Must Be Guarded. Really?

I missed this message, which I understand started in the 90s, that it is a man’s responsibility to guard a woman’s heart.  I missed it because I was busy teaching my youth group and every camp and retreat that would have me something of more substance and more truth. Yet I hear lingerings of this […]

A Prayer About Pain-Generated Compassion
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A Prayer About Pain-Generated Compassion

This is not the first time I’ve mentioned this book of written prayers, nor will it be the last. This book is the biggest part of my daily quiet time routine. This book is ….drumroll…Everyday Prayers by Scotty Smith. The prayer for April 12 (which I also read last year on April 12) just stunned […]

More Than the “Least of These”
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More Than the “Least of These”

I never intended for prison to become part of my life. I actually hate that it is part of my life. I never intended on becoming a mom either. I felt God tell me when I was 18 that I would never have children. I was 31 when the doctor told me why. (I was […]

What Comes Next?
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What Comes Next?

On Saturday a near 20-month old girl’s short life was celebrated.  It was a different sort of funeral. She was the daughter of friends of ours. She lovingly belonged to parents who now don’t have a daughter. The parents found out over a year ago that she had Krabbe which is a certain early death […]

Big Ups to Twentysomethings
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Big Ups to Twentysomethings

I love twentysomethings.  Of course I do because all of them used to be teenagers whom I love also.  I created this blog for twentysomethings because I care deeply (which is why I am so opinionated) about the decisions they make during their 20s. This is why I post this Ted talk.  In the opening […]

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