Google defines Blessing as, “God’s favor or protection”. They more or less nailed it. The Catholic New Advent Encyclopedia breaks it up into 4 particular understandings: 1. Blessing can be taken in a sense that’s synonymous with praise. Psalm 34:1 – “I will bless the Lord at all times”. I’ve talked with probably thousands of… Read More Blessing: Defined and unpacked
Fear can express itself in a number of ways. For me, it most often does so in the form of anxiety. I tend to be the most anxious about things in which I have the least control. My anxiety often sneaks up on me, coming seemingly from nowhere. But when I’m in the thick of… Read More Why do you doubt?
A friend of mine tweeted this quote today: “Jesus didn’t say, ‘Take up your cross and follow your dream’”. – Phil Vischer Much of modern day American evangelicalism is geared around the idea that God wants us all to pursue and fulfill our dreams. In fact, if you peel back the layers to this idea,… Read More Following your Dreams
Perhaps you’ve read this verse before: “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your… Read More I think God might be confused
When I was a middle school pastor, about 6 or 7 years ago, I tooled around with starting something called, Not Just Once. This really never developed into anything, and I didn’t exactly know what it would be. A ministry? A philosophical framework? A teaching series/curriculum to be written? I had no idea, and still… Read More today, tomorrow and the next
As I sat there off to the right about three quarters of the way back, I was frustrated with myself for picking a seat where I could see everything. I didn’t want to see anything. There was a line of people extending from the front of the room all the way to the back, and… Read More the great reversal
I have to be honest and tell you that every time I hear or use the phrase “authentic christian community” I smirk a bit and under my breath say something like, “yeah right”. That’s something I need to repent for and just shows you that I am a jacked up mess. However, I don’t think… Read More authentic christian community