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How to Find Your (Spiritual) Theme

The minister/non-minister divide is something we’ve created, not God. Understanding your spiritual theme is the first step to getting past of it.

How the Valuation of God Will Make You Think Differently

The little ones cry a lot. They’re ruled almost completely by their emotions. And most of the time they haven’t even figured out how to use their words yet to communicate what’s wrong. This is tied in to God and his grace.

How to Spot a Con

Because I’ve met some in the church…and they’re usually not the ones you think.

The Death of a Wasp

I hate wasps. Fast, flying, and stinging. I saw a dead one the other day. I liked that. But then a thought occurred to me…some people are a lot like wasps.

Tweaking it to Oblivion

Life isn’t about perfection, it’s about not quitting. It’s about moving forward in spite of imperfections. And that’s a whole lot harder to do than say.

It’s All My Fault

Why this makes you more responsible, and, in the process, forces you into the life Jesus intended.

When We’re Too Good at Fighting

Answers in Genesis opened their Noah’s Ark exhibit to a storm of criticism from inside the Christian community. And I couldn’t help but think: wait, we’re all Christians here–why are we shooting at each other?

The Funnel

Everything we know is a filter for everything we see. When we know God, we know love. Why then are we so eager to kill each other?

Jesus and the GOP

A lot of people confuse the conservative party of America with Christianity. But the two things are fundamentally different.

Was Jesus a Politician?

Relationships are the essence of politics. Jesus’ entire ministry was about showing us a better way. His way.
In this political season, where does Jesus want his followers?

The Silent Middle of Leadership

Anyone who’s either brave or stupid can grab the reigns. But it’s a special kind of person who can move us forward without losing us all in the process.


I have come to think of the time I spend with God each morning as a submarine. No matter how rough the waves, I can always dive deeper. It is this that keeps us from losing hope.

The thing we Need but don’t always See.

It strikes me how much these little ones need us. But not just to give them food or a place to live. They need us on a much deeper level. They need to know they are valuable to us. And they need to feel that.

Am I breaking the law right now?

In Jesus’ day there were lots who loved the law. They loved it like a gun. Jesus’ message was a bit different. In some ways, he taught the opposite.

What Should We Do If We Lose Religious Freedom?

For the Church, the implications may be anywhere from loosing tax exemption status to lawsuits for some institutions who stand by their biblical convictions. But what’s interesting is that Jesus unambiguously gave us the solution two-thousand years ago.

An antidote to Pain

Everyone goes through pain. But not everyone experiences it the same. Finding balance is the antidote to pain.

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