Are our prayers just platitudes?


Last week actor Chris Pratt tweeted about film director Kevin Smith and ended up with a thread of caustic tweets on the topic of prayer. I have to be honest. I did not know who Smith was so I had to do a Google search. He had suffered a massive heart attack, and Pratt suffered massive backlash for his tweet. Continue reading “Are our prayers just platitudes?”

Three takeaways from the Olympics


I love the spirit of the Olympics. What inspires me even more than the games themselves are the stories behind each athlete. A mountain of obstacles blocks their dream, and they find themselves stuck in deep valleys of pain, injuries and discouragement. Yet in the slogging through the valleys a burning desire for gold remains. Continue reading “Three takeaways from the Olympics”

The Collateral Devastation from Sex Trafficking


Periodically, I want to present people who are following Jesus but take a path different from mine or yours. This week I sat down with Kyla Conlee, a woman of guts and grit, to delve deeper into the epidemic problem of sex trafficking here in the United States. Warning: Because of the nature of the subject this post includes the honest and brutal realities of working on the front line of sex trafficking. Continue reading “The Collateral Devastation from Sex Trafficking”

Are we grumbling or complaining?


This past Sunday at church our senior pastor spoke via simulcast to all the regional campuses about the vision for the church. One aspect of the vision challenged the six congregations to make 10,000 disciples. Disciples making more disciples. It’s a gigantic vision. Continue reading “Are we grumbling or complaining?”

When God asks you to do something hard


I’m tired. December was a month of abundant activity but now I have the holiday hangover. Maybe it’s the sugar comma, the extra pounds, or the dreary pewter skies. Before the holidays, Continue reading “When God asks you to do something hard”

Finding Joy this Christmas


The roast is burnt. A chair is empty. A child is not home. Mom is tired. Dad is hospitalized. The baby is sick. The bank account is depleted. The gift is unremarkable. The flight is cancelled. The ground is brown.

Christmas doesn’t always turn out like what we planned. Continue reading “Finding Joy this Christmas”

Recapturing the Wonder of Christmas


Christmas dinner was finished and the presents unwrapped. My grandmother entered the room carrying a birthday cake with one candle flicking on top. She asked the family gathering of fourteen, “Whose birthday are we celebrating?” Continue reading “Recapturing the Wonder of Christmas”