in 2018 I dove back into the blogging and writing sphere. The coaxing of a good friend caused me to reflect and dive back into this space. Last year was a good year. In fact, for the most part it was a great year. Like most years though, looking back there were some themes in my life and ministry. I also found that there are themes that many of you resonated with in 2018 and I am sure that they would be beneficial to revisit as we hit the ground running in 2019.Read More
If you’re like me, the end of the year prompts both reflection and resolve. As I think about where I am in my life and what I want to be, I’m making three commitments. Maybe at least one of them fits your life and ministry too.
1. Be Authentic
I am who I am, and I will continue to be that and nothing more. Why? Because when I am truly me, I help others truly be themselves.
I realize the real core of me is not going to change. I am who I am in Christ.
Again and again I talk with people who are tired of bumping up against people who are faking it, trying to be something they are not. People want to know who you really are.
I’ve discovered that authentic trumps slick all day every day. And so my goal for the new year is to help others become honest with themselves about themselves by showing that authenticity myself.
“Do you have any vanity issues?”
The owner at the bow shop took me by surprise. I was there because my daughter wants to hunt deer with a bow, and we needed to make a plan. Why this question?
“The draw weight on this bow is 70 pounds,” he explained, referring to the bow in front of me. “Most guys come in here saying they want it set at 70-pound draw weight, but they can’t draw it. Most guys come in here with no clue, quoting some snippet they’ve read on the Internet. I can tell in five minutes they know nothing.”
I freely admitted, “I know nothing. Treat me like an idiot.”
He was glad to oblige!Read More
We’ve heard quite a bit in the last decade about the church’s waning influence in our culture. Many writers want to talk about generational differences, sociological trends, or cultural changes to explain why fewer and fewer Americans attend or care about church.
But I want to propose something more basic. I thought about this as I reflected on the sermon I preached last Sunday. It was about spiritual warfare and the reality of Satan’s work in our world. Early in the sermon I quoted John MacArthur’s words in a sentence that seemed to resonate with many who heard it:Read More
Fifteen years ago I would have told you I want to lead the most relevant, cool space for people to come into. I believed “relevant” and “cool” were both necessary qualities for any church that wanted to attract people to the gospel.
But I’m not saying that any more. I’m done trying to be the cool church, for at least two reasons:Read More