We are Israel, We are Russia, We are Mexico

Her day starts long before daybreak. She rolls off a mattress onto a clammy cement floor, hoping to step silently towards the light peaking between the doorframe to get outside. She pulls on the door but it’s jammed a little. Finally, with a thud, it opens. In a breath she looks back to the mattress to…… Continue reading We are Israel, We are Russia, We are Mexico

10 Ways Your Church Can Be Good News to the Neighborhood

I have a fervent belief that if we want to reach a post-Christian society, we have to be Good News before someone will listen to Good News. Here are 10 ways you can begin transforming your church into a place where Good News flows from: If you have a building, offer a public bathroom and…… Continue reading 10 Ways Your Church Can Be Good News to the Neighborhood

Church vs. Government

Have you noticed that a lot of Christians are exhibiting a hatred for our government? I just don’t get it. For those who are mad about the latest government program… (yesterday it was social security, today it is health care, tomorrow it will be something else.) Just some friendly reminders Anger isn’t the answer, it…… Continue reading Church vs. Government

Help Rebuild Haiti Through the Local Church

I came home two weeks ago from Haiti. And almost every day I’ve talked with a church leader with one simple question: I know about the devastation in Haiti, but if I went to Haiti what could my church actually do? Starting next week, there will be a unique opportunity to partner– very practically– with…… Continue reading Help Rebuild Haiti Through the Local Church

Affirm One Another in Christ

We live in divided times. In particular, those of us who love Jesus are more divided than ever. A trip to the “church” section of the yellow pages or Google is heart-breaking. The church is polarized today. This is contrary, of course, to what the Bible teaches. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor…… Continue reading Affirm One Another in Christ

Put up or shut up

Growing up we played a lot of basketball. A core component of playing basketball, especially the driveway versions, is learning to talk a good game. There are people who can’t play but can talk a good game. And then there are the best players who don’t really talk much but just flat our put up…… Continue reading Put up or shut up

Stress vs. Joy

I think I’m just exhausted. It’s a feeling of over-stimulation that comes on fast and is wearing me out. The solution is really that I need to get destimulated soon. Fairly soon I will need to schedule some “off the grid” time. Either that or I may post something extra snarky for no reason and…… Continue reading Stress vs. Joy