Caring for the Least of These

Caring for the Least of These

When Angie and I moved into the first home we ever purchased for ourselves, we moved into an aging neighborhood where we were surrounded by sweet older widows. One day, a van pulled into the driveway of the home across the street and along the side were the words:...
Are You Weary Yet? Come to Jesus!

Are You Weary Yet? Come to Jesus!

There’s a phrase people use that always bugs me. It’s when a harsh confrontation needs to be had and it’s described as a “come to Jesus meeting.” It bugs me because Jesus actually said the words, “Come to me…” but it...
Jesus Was Dead and Buried

Jesus Was Dead and Buried

After Jesus died on the cross, the Bible says, As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the...
When You Can’t Carry It All

When You Can’t Carry It All

I’m a pastor, a husband, and a dad. When the world around me is in crisis, I feel deeply within me the burden of caring for both flock and family – to protect and provide for everyone. And I can’t. You can’t either. That’s exactly why...
Jesus is Building His Church

Jesus is Building His Church

The church shouldn’t be here. I just doesn’t work. At least not in terms of how movements generally go. Organizations led by highly qualified people grow, but not those run by misfits. Not those started by charismatic leaders who left early on in the...
Jesus Started a Church for Misfits

Jesus Started a Church for Misfits

If I were going to start an organization that would fix all of the world’s biggest problems, I’d need to hire the best and brightest. I’d look for people of character, for sure, but I’d also look for people with the right blend of education and...
You Are the Light of the World

You Are the Light of the World

You don’t have to become the light of the world. You already are the light of the world, according to Jesus. It’s your identity. It’s just who you are now. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people...
How to Be ‘Salt of the Earth’ Kind of People

How to Be ‘Salt of the Earth’ Kind of People

I never quite understood the modern version of this colloquialism, but I’ve heard people described as “salt of the earth” kind of people. Whatever that means in the modern western world, I’m not sure we understand the significance of how Jesus...
Jesus Sees Your Value, Even When You Don’t

Jesus Sees Your Value, Even When You Don’t

As Christians, we often have the tendency to approach God as the rule-giver. We want him to tell us what we’re supposed to do and what we’re not supposed to do so that we can try our best – with a lot of failure along the way – to keep his...
Great Leadership is Always About Serving Other People

Great Leadership is Always About Serving Other People

The best book I’ve ever read on leadership is – and I’m not merely trying to sound spiritual – the Bible. Jesus was the greatest leader of all time, of course, but there are also many other examples of great leadership in Scripture. Joseph was...

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