How you can experience eternal life before you die (and why waiting till after you die is foolish)

Do you feel like following Jesus is difficult?  I sometimes think that I must be doing it wrong, because following Jesus seems like it should be easy, but I can struggle with it.  Is it is struggle for you too?  And what do we do when following Jesus seems too difficult?  We so often flee pain,Continue reading “How you can experience eternal life before you die (and why waiting till after you die is foolish)”

Why does following the way of Jesus seem so difficult?

For those of you that are followers of Jesus, have you ever thought that that following the way of Jesus is difficult?  I think life itself can feel difficult.  But then add following Jesus, and there is another layer of effort, right? Ever think thoughts like this? I hear Jesus say “my yoke is easy andContinue reading “Why does following the way of Jesus seem so difficult?”

How my Google Home taught me about discontentment (and how to be more content)

My smart phone was due for an upgrade recently, so when an advertisement came via email offering the newest version of my phone; I took a look.  The advertisement on that email said that if I pre-purchased the new phone—it was due to be released in a few weeks—I could also get a Google HomeContinue reading “How my Google Home taught me about discontentment (and how to be more content)”

Advice to a new young pastor (and what all of us can learn from it)

On July 1, 2008 I became the senior pastor of Faith Church.  I was scared.  What had I gotten myself into?  I had been youth/associate pastor at the church for the previous six years.  The youth group was awesome, and I had a ministry umbrella over me, deflecting the rain of difficulty, responsibility, and leadership.Continue reading “Advice to a new young pastor (and what all of us can learn from it)”

Why I’m preaching 3 different sermons about modesty…at the same time…kinda…

Tomorrow I’m preaching 3 different sermons on modesty…at the same time.  Kinda.  Obviously, I can’t speak three sermon simultaneously, unless I recorded them separately and played them all at the same time.  Or maybe I could record two, playing them at the same time as I preach the third.  Imagine the cacophony. Instead, I’m planningContinue reading “Why I’m preaching 3 different sermons about modesty…at the same time…kinda…”

Could prayer meetings and hand-raising be the worship that God really wants?

Last week I mentioned the massive investment Christians have made in building-centered, staff/program-heavy, Sunday worship.  I wondered if God might evaluate us concluding, “I wish you would have done something different.” But how do we know what God would say?  Most of us involved in leading church worship do want to know God’s evaluation of our worship.Continue reading “Could prayer meetings and hand-raising be the worship that God really wants?”

What if Christianity’s massive investment in worship is wrong?

Is it possible that Christianity’s massive investment in worship is misguided? Think about it.  We invest a lot of time, money and energy into worship, don’t we? One morning or evening each week is devoted to it.  Our society is very much oriented toward a weekly schedule that keeps Sunday mornings free. We also buildContinue reading “What if Christianity’s massive investment in worship is wrong?”

How to know if you are a drama magnet!

Are you a drama magnet?  Of course not!  No one wants to admit it.  But really, are you? Do you find that your life seems to be filled with drama?  Have you ever considered that all the drama in your life is because you are a drama magnet? What would you family say?  What wouldContinue reading “How to know if you are a drama magnet!”