I Can . . ! We Can . . ! God can . . !
The word “Can” is an interesting word. It means “to be able to.” It became a key word in the sermon that I heard in church yesterday. Somewhere underlying the message was a theme of being able to build the church one person at a time. In the message there was a clear and apt […]Read more
Not the Expert!
I was adding to my Twitter account people to follow and ran across one person’s description of himself as “An Expert.” It caught my attention largely because of the implied arrogance of believing that about yourself. Because I work to help church leaders and churches release their missional DNA more effectively, I thought to myself, […]Read more
Living Out of Our Identity
What does it mean to Live Out Our Identity? We function in a culture that is so performance-based that often we determine who we are by what we do. This can be quite significant in our lives when we recognize that the need to be accepted is one of our most fundamental innate needs in […]Read more
This last year I had cataract surgery on my left eye. In simplest of terms, a cataract is the formation of cloudiness in your eye that blocks or hinders light from entering and as a result makes it difficult to see. “They” tell us that cataracts are the leading cause of vision problems for people […]Read more
Knowing Less, Understanding More!
In my life I am discovering that sometimes knowing less is actually more. Life was much simpler when I was younger and it seemed I knew everything. And most of what I didn’t know, at least I had an opinion on it. But as I grow older I am discovering more and more that I […]Read more
Spirit-filled Church! How do you know?
How can you tell if a church is Spirit-filled? Some of our “friends” will quickly say that it is obvious: there is an outward display of the sign gifts of speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, and working of miracles. I am not debating the existence of the cessation of those gifts when I say […]Read more
Those People? You know, people like them. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35151967?SThisFB Why do we have a tendency to judge people on the basis of some grouping we can put them in? What is there about the sinful nature of mankind that leads us to speak of some as “those people” as though they are inherently different in their […]Read more
“Is Allah the same as God in the Bible?”
There seems to plethora of blog posts being written on the topic, “Is the god of Islam the same God of Christians?” I might as well weigh in on the topic, in spite of the fact that I try to speak to things that are not simply trending. This topic is an important topic, and […]Read more
My Big ASK Question!
I was excited to arrive at the church service Sunday and discover I had been given a Big Ask Pen and three invitation cards. I have given out of two of the cards already this week, inviting people (ASKING) to join us in church. I love my church for a lot of reasons. One is […]Read more
What’s First? Not Who’s on first?
What is the first step I should take? Start at the very beginning, as the song said, “a very good place to start.” So where do we begin? This past Sunday I had the privilege to speak at a church on the topic of missions. After church I met with their mission committee. The most […]Read more