My Latest Articles and Content
At Least 10 Things Great Churches Are FOR
Just imagine a culture in which the church is thought of as a body of people who are for people, even people who don’t look they would belong in the church. We start down this road as we declare with our words and demonstrate with our actions that our hearts are really burdened for everyone.
Preaching About It IS Doing Something About It
Perhaps one of the ways you can speak more boldly about the issues on which your church needs to meditate and respond with repentance is to know ahead of time that preaching about this issue IS doing something about this issue.
Why 2022 Was the Year of My UNdoing (and Why I Want More Of It in 2023)
In our western, modern culture, we’re productivity-oriented. We add. We rarely subtract. Subtraction isn’t normally used as a measurement of growth for us. For many of us, the most important question we can answer isn’t ‘what should I be doing?’ It’s what should I UNdo?
In Seasons of Waiting, Learn to Love People
Relationships ultimately matter more than anything else on earth because people are the only things guaranteed to exist forever. God is building a forever family and he not only wants you in it, but he also wants you to love the rest of his family and to know that you are loved by him and by his family.
How Your Faith Can Make You Whole
When Jesus says, “Your faith has made you whole,” what does he mean? Among most Christians today, there are two competing interpretations. On the one hand are those who emphasize the power of one’s faith. The more faith you have, the more likely you are to receive a...
What Does it Mean to Be Fully Committed to God?
This is a question I've been pondering over quite often lately. What does it actually look like to be fully committed to God? A fully devoted disciple of Christ? To be "all in"? I've had to honestly own up to the fact that my answer to this question was different just...
13 Ways Church Leaders Can Serve Those Struggling with Mental Health Issues
The church has come a long way in handling mental health issues, but we still have a lot to learn. Here are some tips for church leaders.
Preaching a Church Vision Sermon Series? 4 Principles and 4 Tips
When the temperatures cool down and the kids head back to school, life resumes a sense of routine and normalcy. (Of course, for my friends in the southern hemisphere, you’re just getting warmed up, but bear with me…) Early Fall tends to be an optimum time for...
You Can Lead by Fear or Lead by Love
When I was a Pastor on staff at Saddleback Church, one of my favorite spots to hang out on the weekends was the green room, backstage. It's not just that some kind volunteers stock it with breakfast burritos on Sunday mornings or hot Thai food in the evenings, it was...
10 Books That Have Reshaped My Faith
These ten books are highly recommended for those who may be exploring their faith more deeply or walking through a season of deconstruction and doubt.