• The Comparison Game

    The Comparison Game

    I have a problem with how I think. You see, my logic often consists of this: I’m fat. Well, compared...

  • Top 5 Posts in 2013

    Top 5 Posts in 2013

      It was a great year for our little blog, as our site was visited by 86 different countries! H...

  • The Numbers Game

    The Numbers Game

    How many people attend your congregation? How many are in your youth group? How many people have you...

  • The Glorification of Busy

    The Glorification of Busy

    Last year, I was having a conversation with someone at the church building regarding my reading habi...

  • Book Review: The Derision of Heaven

    Book Review: The Derision of Heaven

    “The world says that, in moments of disaster and disorientation, the only one you can trust is...

Jesus is No Longer First in My Life

Jesus is No Longer First in My Life

If you have been around Christianity for any amount of time, I’m certain you have heard of the J.O.Y. principle. If you haven’t, it is really simple; J.O.Y. stands for “Jesus First, Others Second, Yourself Last”. It seems like a really great concept, but something has prevented me from giving it much merit over the years and, until recently, I couldn’t understand why. I finally discovered the reason for my hesitation was this: I don’t want Jesus to be first in my life. Now, before you dismiss me as a heretic and beat me over the head with a Bible, ...

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Foreword for “52 Days”

Foreword for “52 Days”

The auditorium was at capacity for the Wednesday night keynote lecture. The topic of the lesson was “The Just Shall Live By Faith”, from Habakkuk 2:4. The speaker had endured some well-documented hardships in the years preceding this particular lesson and the cold February night was filled with a deafening silence when he spoke the first words of the sermon asking, “Have you ever carried the burden of a broken heart?” As I sat among the crowd that evening and considered what the preacher had been through and how he had endured, how I too and every person in ear ...

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I Love Jesus and I Didn’t Share Your Photo

I Love Jesus and I Didn’t Share Your Photo

I think social media is an amazing invention. An amazing, annoying, bane-of-my existence invention. It’s not that I mind the idea, I just hate how it’s actually put into practice. I am grateful for it because, years ago, I wouldn’t have had the outlet to share my ramblings with the three people that read my blog; but I digress. In all seriousness, social media has made the world so much smaller, it’s allowed businesses like ours to do things we never would have been able to otherwise. It also allows me to keep up with friends and family much more ...

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Learning to Let Go

Learning to Let Go

A few weeks ago, I was walking through a store with my adorable five year old daughter, Brilee. She’s holding my hand, skipping through the store, and melting my heart in the process. Suddenly, I felt her grip tighten and as I looked down, she looked up at me and said “Daddy, you’ll never let go of my hand will you?” I smiled and said, “Not for a long time.” She went back to skipping. Oh, how I wanted to say “never”, but I couldn’t, because the reality is that, one day, I will have to let her go. As ...

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When Worship Gets Stale

When Worship Gets Stale

How often does this happen to you? You arrive for worship and sit in the same spot you have sat in for the last 10 years. You shake the same hands that you shake every Sunday, and maybe the hands of a visitor or two. Three minutes before worship begins the congregation falls at least moderately quiet as the announcement/opening prayer/song-leader/Lord’s supper processional enter into the auditorium. The man goes through announcements and, as you sense he is nearing the end, you reach for a songbook. You didn’t really need it, though, or even the PowerPoint; you know the songs ...

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