Trying harder is not your best option

Try harder! Try harder! It is the mantra of both American culture and American Christianity. Do you want to get ahead? Work harder! Do you want to excel? Do more! Do you want to be a better Christian? Strive more intensely! Do you need to deal with some sin or struggle in your life? Start […]

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Messy but Magnificent

One of the pastors that I work with at Grace recently shared with me a theme for one of her upcoming ministry areas in 2019 and it was so good that I have to share it with you. Her inspired ministry theme is messy but magnificent. Don’t you love it? That is both who and […]

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A ‘storied’ people

“Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.” (Psalm 107:2) In your readings through the Old and New Testaments, do you ever marvel at the constant, even redundant, telling of Israel’s story? Doesn’t it seem like the biblical writers are always rehearsing Israel’s formation, bondage, rescue, decline, and promised renewal? It is sort of […]

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My new friend–a Maasai warrior and pastor from Kenya

So…have you ever killed a lion? Have you ever jumped into a pit and killed a marauding lion on a snowy day? Have you ever risked your life to defend your loved ones from a giant cat with bad intentions? I haven’t, although I’ve talked about it a lot. In my preaching I’ve often highlighted […]

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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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