Manifesto of the Moment

This is the moment for the followers of Jesus. This is not the moment to shrink back in fear; it is the moment to deny ourselves, pick up our cross, and follow him. This is not the moment to deny that we know and love Jesus; it is the moment to represent him as ambassadors.Continue reading “Manifesto of the Moment”

Keep Standing

Often we are told in the Word and by the Spirit to simply stay put. To stand firm in the spot where God has planted us. There are seasons for breaking new ground and moving forward with kingdom assignments. There are other seasons to continue in the instruction we have already received until new revelationContinue reading “Keep Standing”

Pressure and Pain

You may be familiar with comic Brian Regan’s very funny sketch about pressure and pain. He observes that doctors don’t like to use the word “pain.” “Doctors will tell you about ‘pressure’. If a doctor tells you you’re about to feel some pressure, buckle up…He could be swinging a two-by-four by your head and say,Continue reading “Pressure and Pain”

Wholehearted

Recently one of our guilty pleasures at my house has been watching America’s Got Talent. The production design of the show is criminally noisy and garish, a great example of sensory overload for the viewer. But we enjoy watching people who have invested tremendous time and effort pursuing their talents. Any one of them couldContinue reading “Wholehearted”

Making an Argument

We often hear people these days yelling at each other, full of emotional fury, but unable to make a clear defense for their strongly held positions. Presenting a thesis and a coherent argument to support it is becoming a lost art. We don’t all have to be high-level debaters, rhetoricians, or apologists to acquire skill in presenting aContinue reading “Making an Argument”

The Stories We Tell

A dozen years I ago, I went through one of those perfect storms of life that had me reeling. Maybe you know what I’m talking about—when you think you’re doing a decent job of coping with difficult circumstances, and then life takes a few more blows at you and you start to drown.   IContinue reading “The Stories We Tell”