Feeling the Pressure

Feeling the pressure? Don’t worry, it just means promotion is coming. It was a Monday morning after a weekend full of fun and we needed a family work day to get the house back in order. During breakfast, I laid out the day for my children while we ate. First, we’d pick beans in the […]

Your Dreams Matter

Once I took a personality assessment that suggested my coworkers should never dream with me or they would waste time. It’s because I love dreaming. I’m attracted to stories of dreamers, which has made David one of my favorite Bible characters. Something recently stood out to me from the familiar story of David and Goliath […]

When It Feels Like God Lied

Jesus said His sheep hear His voice, but I sometimes feel like He must have made a mistake. Sometimes I wonder whether I have heard His voice, do hear His voice, or will ever be sure that I hear His voice. I’ll tell you why. It’s because my life can often look infuriatingly opposite to […]

The Spring Rains: A Time for Acceleration and Abundance

I don’t know if you’ve been feeling it, but I’ve been feeling it. I know about this time every year we get excited that the winter has passed and the spring has come, but I’ve been feeling whispers of something more stirring in the atmosphere. This expectant hope and diligent looking for what the Lord […]

50 Shades of Grey Part 4: How to Find Truly Intimate Sex

Head’s Up: This article does contain sexual language. But don’t worry, it’s educational, not erotica. First, let me put something to rest immediately: Sex is multifaceted and the church by and large has done a poor job with the subject in the past. Sex is not just for procreation, but is primarily for unification. Within […]

50 Shades of Grey Part 3: What Submission Really Means

In case you missed Part 1 or Part 2, here’s the nutshell: 50 Shades of Grey is going bonkers and I don’t understand why. I proposed that this trilogy’s popularity stems from a desire to wholly give ourselves to someone else—a desire God created within us from the very beginning. If Christian Grey offers us […]

50 Shades of Grey Part 2: Why is Leadership Important?

50 Shades of Grey highlights a universal human desire to give ourselves wholly to another (see Part 1 of our 50 Shades series). God gave us this desire, but what is His plan to fulfill it? To begin understanding His plan, we need to understand something about leadership because leadership is what establishes the culture […]

50 Shades of Grey Part 1: Explaining the Craze

Yes, everyone and their uncle has written something about 50 Shades of Grey, but I’m not going to say what they said, just another voice to say it’s bad. What I am going to do is ask a question. Because, I’ll tell you the truth, 50 Shades of Grey confuses me. No seriously, it confuses […]

Love Is Boring

Love is boring. Really, it is, and it hit me recently as my four year old complained while I brushed his teeth. “I know it hurts,” I said, “and I’m sorry about that, but if I don’t do a good job brushing then the owies won’t go away.” That’s when I said the kicker, “I […]

Are You Called by God?

The normal Christian I have known, myself included, felt like we just weren’t significant in God’s kingdom, and perhaps not at all, if we didn’t have a calling from God to do something special. We had a lot of reasons behind this, but in looking back on it, I realize that most of them had […]