Out-live, out-love, out-think, out-die

It has been said that in the early years of the church, Christians conquered the world of their day by out-living, out-loving, out-thinking, and out-dying everyone else. What do you think of that description? When we mine the depths and essential teachings of the Christian faith it makes sense that its adherents would be described […]

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Hard work mistaken for talent

One of several books that I have  been perusing recently is Erwin McManus’ 2014 The Artisan Soul, wherein Erwin beautifully describes the interplay between hard work and talent. He writes: “Eventually art becomes craft. The combination of talent and passion funneled through the crucible of discipline and determination resulted in an expression of skill and […]

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What excellence looks like

This is what my daily sermon looks like. Every morning after I drop Maddie off at school, I watch this crossing guard work the intersection of Benson and Arrow Highway and I am inspired. I don’t know this guy’s name, occupation, or station in life, but for a few seconds before my light turns green […]

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YOUR Olympics (a Post-Rio Reflection)

Did you get your Olympics fix this summer? Did you carve out enough time to vicariously swim, jump, lift, dive, tumble, and throw alongside the greatest athletes in the world? Fortunately, for Jessica and me, this summer’s Olympic Games occurred in the middle of our ministry sabbatical so if you missed any of it let […]

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Inspired when there’s no inspiration

It’s easy to feel inspired when you’re inspired (and, yes, I do realize how silly and obvious that sounds), but what do we do when we’re not inspired and yet we’re still expected to perform? How do we get inspired when nothing moves us or awakens our creativity? The Apostle Paul expected Timothy to find […]

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