The Spiritually Younger Need the Spiritually Older

There have been a few older men who have seriously influenced my life as a Christian man. Let me name a few. There's my dad, who has been a model of a father and a husband that his own dad never was, which has taught me the possibilities of resilience and determination even in the face … Continue reading The Spiritually Younger Need the Spiritually Older

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Taking God At His Word Is Probably The Best Thing You’ll Ever Do

Have you ever been given some advice that you knew was really good, but decided to just nod, say thanks and then not follow it? Story of my life. I've written before about my stubborn streak and how much I love listening to other people. I also like sarcasm. I was reading in 2 Kings today … Continue reading Taking God At His Word Is Probably The Best Thing You’ll Ever Do

The Church Culture of Compassion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEhRucEVzH8 If judgement looms under every steeple, if lofty glances from lofty people, can't see past her scarlet letter, and we never even met her. I love the Casting Crowns video above because it shows what the church can be and far too often is, but also what it's supposed to be. Initially, the people … Continue reading The Church Culture of Compassion

Confessions of a Recovering Goody Two-Shoes

There are few truly humble people in this world. Even though we praise in-the-spotlight people when they speak humble words or perform humble actions, we rarely seem to seek it ourselves, make it a part of us. Of course, when I say "we," I'm talking about myself. I've got an interesting story when it comes to … Continue reading Confessions of a Recovering Goody Two-Shoes

The Church Culture of Shame

I was way too young to understand anything that went on in the Monica Lewinsky scandal that grabbed America's attention in 1998. I can't even remember when I first heard about it, to be honest with you. I would have been 5 years old back then, so even if I had known, I would have … Continue reading The Church Culture of Shame

Grace Is Something So Incredibly Radical

I've been reading Tullian Tchividjian's excellent book One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World the last week or so, and it is truly excellent. He discusses the need for a greater understanding for grace in a world that lives by and believes in what he calls "performancism," being judged and evaluated based solely on your performance. … Continue reading Grace Is Something So Incredibly Radical