Lead Me to the Cross

I was talking with a friend yesterday about the American evangelical church.  I often wonder if we, as a whole group, have started to drift away from some important things.  As a counselor, I really appreciate teaching that helps the average pew-sitter to function better.  How do I parent better?  How do I improve my communication with a spouse or …

Freedom

So I’ve been studying the book of Exodus.  I thought it fitting this week as we celebrate our Nation’s freedom.  Both focus on our need to be free.  As humans we were not made to be in bondage.  We were not designed to wear shackles of any kind whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually.  We were made for freedom. Gerald May, …

Nakedness

Have you ever hurt someone so deeply that you’ve done damage?  Usually wounds result in defenses.  Defenses result in more wounds.  The relationship, that maybe has lasted years, dies a painful death. When a close friend, who knows the deep parts of us, is suddenly (or sometimes subtlety) stripped from our hearts, the exposure is a raw vulnerable feeling of …

Practical Surrender

I met a man in Rwanda, a prison chaplain named Thomas.  Thomas serves in a prison that houses some of the perpetrators from the Genocide of 1994.  Many of the prison chaplains in Rwanda serve some of the very people who murdered members of their own families.  These men and women are the truest kind of heroes. Thomas told a …

Holding It Together

“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”  (Colossians 1:17).  Just as a wheel finds it shape and strength in its design around the hub, everything that is real finds its being and definition around Jesus. Our finite little brains tend to think linearly and in terms of efficient outcomes.  Like learning the rules to a …

He Is!

As I work through the Book of John in the New Testament, I’ve discovered a common theme that I never noticed before.  Jesus talks a lot about who He is.  In John 6, the crowds ask Him for a sign so they know how to believe Him.  They reminded Jesus about how God provided them manna from heaven to sustain …

Jesus the Friend

Peter has always been one of my favorite disciples.  Between Peter and John, I always get a good laugh when I read the Gospels.  Peter, the impulsive, passionate, will-try-anything-once guy finds himself in trouble a lot.  Remember when Jesus asked him to walk on the water?  Without thinking, he jumps out of the boat and walks on the water.  Then, …