What if I’m Not Ready to Be Healed?

What if I’m Not Ready to Be Healed?

Healing comes with a heavy cost. We can release our grip on resentment and rebellion, receive help, and experience renewal in every part of our lives. But… If we do that – if we embrace the kind of healing available to everybody who is broken and in pain...
Breaking Free from the Bondage of Anger

Breaking Free from the Bondage of Anger

Six years ago, I stood before our church as we started a new message series called Healing, and introduced the sermon saying, “Hi. My name is Brandon. I’m a Christian who struggles with anger.” For the first fifteen years of my ministry, I learned to...
The Most Rewarding Hard Work You’ll Ever Do

The Most Rewarding Hard Work You’ll Ever Do

Hard work is virtuous. And when it comes to hard work, we seem to go to two extremes in our culture… We look for a way out of it – Like, how do I get rich, quickly, with very little training, no learning curve, and in as few hours as possible? We let it...
The Best Personality Type for Ministry Leaders

The Best Personality Type for Ministry Leaders

I’m an introvert, and I’m a pastor. It’s a tough combination to pull off, especially when we tend to celebrate certain types of personalities over others in the world of ministry leadership. As church planters, we went through a couple of different...
7 Realities of Knowing and Doing God’s Will

7 Realities of Knowing and Doing God’s Will

It’s possible to know and to do God’s will. Consistently. A couple of decades ago, the church I was leading walked through the Experiencing God study, and it changed my life. I began to understand that God was more than a subject to be studied but rather a...
It's Election Day, and Principles Matter

It's Election Day, and Principles Matter

I don’t like heights. I’m not a fan of wasps either. But probably my biggest fear is being caught in the middle of a big crowd of scared, irrational people who are about to stampede over one another. And that, on this election day, is how I feel. Like a...
5 Questions to Ask When You Think You've Heard from God

5 Questions to Ask When You Think You've Heard from God

Discernment. I have a love-hate relationship with that word. On the one hand, some Christians use discernment as an excuse to go on a witch hunt, disqualifying as many leading voices as possible and labeling people “false teachers” at the drop of a hat....
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