Clueless and don’t even know it. That is how I describe the condition of my soul 14 years ago. As a pastor, I wanted to be able to help people grow spiritually. However, I wasn’t fully sure what that was supposed to look like; much less how to get there. I grew up in a … Continued

Dealing with anger in a healthy way has been a major area of growth for me over the last decade or more. Much of my life was spent stuffing anger only for it to come out sideways and hurting the people closest to me. One of the things I have learned is that anger often … Continued

Friday, February 8, 2007 is a night I will never forget. I hope my son never forgets it too. Ten years ago my son was 12 years old. A group of dads with 12-year-old sons at my church got together and planned a manhood initiation process and ceremony for our sons. We were inviting our … Continued

In Exodus 3 and 4, we read about God calling Moses to go to Pharaoh and deliver the message to let the Israelites go free from Egyptian slavery.  I think we can learn a lot from the back-and-forth dialogue between God and Moses. Let’s pick the conversation up in Exodus 3:11 (I’ll paraphrase): Moses – … Continued

I am currently in the middle of moving to a new house. Our previous house was 53 years old and needed some updating. The new house, only a few miles away from the old one, is 18 years old with more space and nicer amenities. Most people would be excited about that; however, my response, … Continued

How do you define worship? Is it something you do on Sunday mornings at a church, or is it something different? Several years ago, I heard a unique definition of worship given in a sermon.  And ever since then my perspective on worship has changed. The definition is this: Worship is whatever happens after knowing … Continued

Yes, I know the title of this blog entry is a play on words. But it actually does fit what I want to write about. When it comes to grace, it seems as if people fall into one of two camps: On one hand we have the grace camp. It is by grace we are … Continued

  In the first statement of the first chapter of the book Follow Me, Jan David Hettinga writes: “The ultimate issue in the universe is leadership. Who you follow and what directs your life, is the single most important thing about you.” In the book, he describes the tension between living in the Kingdom of … Continued

  In Matthew 22, one of the experts of the Law asked Jesus, “What is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Right before that in Matthew 21, Jesus was in the Temple courts and had a series of interactions with religious leaders: Pharisees, Sadducees, law experts and Herodians. It is easy for us sit in … Continued