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Legacy

Everyone wants to leave a legacy. Everyone wants to be remembered for something, and to leave something in the hands of those who come after them. Teddy Roosevelt used the … Continue reading

March 16, 2012 · 17 Comments

Transition

I was reading a post on difficult transitions yesterday and it got me thinking about a lot of different difficult seasons in my life. Not all of my transitions have been … Continue reading

March 7, 2012 · 27 Comments

Crushed

There is a good bit of repetition in the gospels, stories that are told more than once. This is especially true in the Synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke). There … Continue reading

March 1, 2012 · 15 Comments

The Spirit of the Sword

My spiritual life use to look a lot like Woodstock. You know, lots of peace, love, and good music. Eventually I figured out that I have an enemy. My enemy … Continue reading

February 23, 2012 · 11 Comments

Money

The Bible has a lot to say about how we manage our money. I am no expert on the subject, and there are plenty of great resources out there if … Continue reading

February 16, 2012 · 2 Comments

Givers and Takers

Israel wanted a king. They wanted an earthly ruler so that they might be like the other nations. God knew that Israel would ask for a king (see Deut. 17:14-20), … Continue reading

February 14, 2012 · 5 Comments

The Humble Path

A friend of mine, Gary Ray, posted a handy piece on humility on his blog and it got me thinking about the subject. I have had the opportunity to facilitate … Continue reading

February 13, 2012 · 23 Comments

Storytelling

At some point most children ask their parents the question, “Why do we go to church?” In the Old Testament Moses gave the children a paradigm for dealing with such … Continue reading

February 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Scream

When I hear people discuss the book of Job I sometimes walk away wondering if they have actually ever read the book. For example, I often hear people slamming Job’s … Continue reading

February 7, 2012 · 22 Comments

Reconciliation

By the time we get to Matthew 5:20 we are not that far into Jesus’ sermon. Yet, it seems he has already turned our world upside down. He has instructed … Continue reading

February 3, 2012 · 5 Comments

One Another

In the New Testament the Greek word for ‘one another’ is allelon (this word was first highlighted to me by these folks). It was repeatedly used in the epistles for teaching … Continue reading

February 2, 2012 · 6 Comments

Prolepsis (A Word for the Weary)

Prolepsis is a literary term that refers to flash forwards, foreshadowing, and/or anticipation in a story. In terms of our walk with God, prolepsis is a future event that impacts our present … Continue reading

February 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Kingdom Steps

For nearly two thousand years the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew has captivated the hearts, minds, and imaginations of Christ followers everywhere. It has been affectionately referred to as “Jesus’ Manifesto” and … Continue reading

January 27, 2012 · 2 Comments

Salt & Light

Imagine what it might have been like to be on the side of the mountain that day, listening to Jesus as he declared the truth about the nature of the … Continue reading

January 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

Today We Fight

Learning to fight is just as important for girls as it is boys, but I suspect this issue is particularly important for men at this point in our culture. I … Continue reading

January 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Wrestling

I remember wrestling with my father as a child. It was something that I loved to do. He would get on all fours on the floor and I would plow … Continue reading

January 18, 2012 · 2 Comments

Surprised by Hope

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, “hope” can be defined as, “the emotional state which promotes belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life.” With … Continue reading

January 13, 2012 · Leave a comment