If anyone ever lived out the “What Would Jesus Do” ethic, Justin did. He moved into an abandoned train depot in the bar district of the next town over and took in homeless people. One night I think he baptized nineteen people in the fountain of the big Baptist church a couple of blocks over. … Continue reading What Would Jesus Evade? DDWJWD Part 2
"Hey, you're dressed queer."I look over. The speaker is an elderly man, mid-70s I'd guess. He is tall and thin and is wearing of those caps that cabbies wore in movies from the Forties. "You're dressed queer," he snarls. "Why you dressed so queer." I have on my usual fringes, and, for good measure, have … Continue reading The Bible on the Bible
I used to have a recurring nightmare. I'd enter a dark room where I sensed a malevolent presence. Instinctively, I'd flip the switch on the wall, but the light wouldn't respond. Fear would grip my heart as I vainly repeated my attempts to shed light on whoever or whatever approached me in the darkness. It's … Continue reading Black Light
When someone who claims to believe in Christ comes to me with insurmountable problems, I have to wonder whether God has failed them or vice versa. Actually, I don't wonder, I know which one it is. To help us all continue to move towards healing, I thought I'd make a simple decision tree to troubleshoot … Continue reading Trouble Shoot
"Now the reason why we so readily accept (Satan's) accusations is that we are still hoping to have some righteousness of our own."
That voice in your head saying you're in the right and everyone else is wrong is leading you down a path of isolation and pain.
I have a friend who is also an elder at our church. In the past couple of years I've watched him grow into a spiritual leader who inspires and challenges me every time we talk. God has done many things in his life to effect this season of growth but much of it started with … Continue reading Life Transformation Groups – A Testimonial
Marriage seems so basic to human life and yet it can be so difficult and confusing. Why is that? How can we make it work? Click the picture to hear my latest lesson on reclaiming God's original intention for marriage.
For anyone who's tired of spinning plates, Jesus will give you effortless productivity - AKA rest. Time Management
In Bill Hybels' book, Just Walk Across the Room, he challenges his readers to write out their faith story in 100 words or less. Here is my 105-word attempt: As a young person I dreamed of growing up to become a doctor. Then, I saw a "20/20" special on successful people who had attempted suicide. … Continue reading Testimony