I was recently part of a discussion about a church supported service project. A number of different ideas were on the table, none of them mine. The project itself wasn't my priority. They were all good ideas. All needed. All would "do good." My concern, what I had been thinking and praying about for over … Continue reading where philanthropy falls short.
I got cocky. I thought I could logically justify my faith in God. You'll find some Christians who'll tell you they can do it. not me. not anymore. When someone told me my faith was illogical, irrational and unreasonable, I bristled. Or should I say, my ego bristled? I challenged them to prove it. They … Continue reading toxic concoction.
I've known for a very long time that I'm different. Not "better" different. Because, really, "better" is relative. Better than what? The comparisons are limitless. and I'm thinking at least 50% of them wouldn't be pretty. "Different" can imply too much trouble. too much work. weird. tiresome. exasperating. I don't deny those adjectives. They're not … Continue reading the positive impact of negative feedback.
It's taken me months to nail down the problem. WHY did I shut down after publishing my "Christ-centered church" series? I couldn't even think about public speaking. In most interpersonal conversations, I didn't go near a discussion about faith. I couldn't write a word in "my" book. I couldn't even open the document. Anything I … Continue reading the donkey is busy.
This is the 17th post of a series on Christ-centered church. I began writing to work through my personal experience and heart-wrenching burden for my own church but I'm beginning to see these posts as open letters to the American Christian church. (If you need to catch up or review, CLICK HERE to view a … Continue reading sanctimonious.
This is the 16th post of a series. In my previous post, entitled "church: THERE. IS. MORE." I drilled down to the core of the issue. Today, I'm clarifying something I think may have gotten buried. (If you need to catch up or review, CLICK HERE to view a page listing all the posts in … Continue reading Vertical Church: a clarification. and a survey.
This is the 15th post of a series. I started out telling a chronological story, but got derailed before I could get past August of 2012. I've addressed the derailing tangent to death. I'm tired of talking about something I wasn't even talking about. I'm skipping WAY ahead in my story. Maybe I'll get back … Continue reading church: THERE. IS. MORE.
a Quote: "Your choice must be a deliberate determination—it is not something into which you will automatically drift. And everything else in your life will be held in temporary suspension until you make a decision. The proposal is between you and God—do not “confer with flesh and blood” about it (Galatians 1:16). With every new … Continue reading four minutes with God: Joshua 24:15
This is the 14th post of a series. I started out telling a chronological story, but got derailed before I could get past August of 2012. I've addressed the derailing tangent to death. My intention with this post was to get back on topic, but it appears I'm not quite ready to do that. (If … Continue reading post hoc, ergo propter hoc.
This is the 13th post of a series. Hopefully, this is the LAST post on the turn or burn evangelism tangent that completely hijacked my original point. Next post, I'm back on topic. If you need to catch up or review, CLICK HERE to view a page listing all the posts in the series. When … Continue reading The “Visitors”