Relationships: Why They Are The Most Neglected But Important Resource In The Church

Share this Post

Most of the time when someone feels disconnected, disappointed or discouraged in the church those emotions can be traced back to a lack of relationship with others in the church. Relationships help us to bend and work together when times seem tough but they also strengthen the church body in such a way that when working together they provide shelter for others in the storms of their lives.

A Few Of My Favorite Christian Resources

Share this Post

A Few weeks back I promised a few people I would put together a list of some resources I have found incredibly helpful in understanding scripture, suffering, and our responsibilities as Christ followers.

This in no way is a complete list but it is a few of my favorites. If you have any resources that have been helpful to you please feel free to share those in the comments below.

Guilt vs. Shame and why every Christian should know the difference

Share this Post

And now, little children, abide in him, so that when He appears we may have confidence and not shrink from Him in shame at His coming. – 1 John 2:28 ESV The most destructive aspect of sin is not simply the act of sin itself but often the shame that accompanies it. Shame entices us to believe that we have not just failed but are in fact failures. It calls to us to accept we are loved but not fully loved and that even in the smallest of ways we must fix ourselves in order to be made whole. Our sin does not hide God from us but causes us to hide from God and cover ourselves when He calls our name out …

3 Easter Sunday Failures That Guarantee Visitors Never Come Back To Your Church

Share this Post

Easter is just a few days away and church organizations all over are finishing up their final preparations for what could be described as the Super Bowl of church services. People from all over our communities will show up for services, cookouts, and easter egg hunts… and then just as quickly as they arrived, the majority will never be seen again, until perhaps next year. The majority of us know this but what do we do about it? I don’t think the answer is in better services, music or sermons. It’s not in a community easter egg hunt, hot dog roast or picnic. It is however in what happens during all these things and it comes down to two words: …

When Your Ideas For The Church Become a Problem

Share this Post

We all have ideas. And, if you are like me when you are smack in the middle of having an idea you have this euphoric feeling that it’s the best idea ever known to man… Sliced bread, move on over ‘cause there’s a new sheriff in town. You get gitty with excitement and start planning all the needs and scenarios. Then it’s off to do the hard work of bringing it into reality. Any idea worth its salt requires sweat equity and hard work. So, if you deem the idea “good enough” and worth the investment of time, money and other resources… you pursue it to make it a reality. At least that’s a very paired down explanation of how …

Doubts Series | Will The Church Ever Change?

Share this Post

Will the church ever change is a question I find at the root of many Christians struggling to find hope and meaning in a church that often appears void of either. Doubts Series Today, I’m launching a new series that explores these doubts, along with others, that many people have with the church and Christianity in general. This will not be a church bashing series, so don’t get worried but we will explore some topics that may stir up deep held emotions. This is ok. It’s part of the healing process that not only rebuilds our hope but also brings along the creativity and persistence that change is built from. The Church Paradox My goal is to hopefully bring a …

What You Do Matters

Share this Post

What you do matters. Taking the time to appreciate and reflect on the work of your hands is something I think we, all too often, forget to do. Whenever I finish a new project and all the dust has settled, I have this habit of staring at my finished work while saying nothing at all. My wife pokes fun at me about it because of how often she finds me doing it. It’s almost like a ritual for me. Bringing Ideas Into The Light A project is not fully finished until I take the time to stand in silence, looking it over and taking in what I have just completed. I find myself going through all the steps I took …

Out Of The Dark: Finding Hope In the Silence

Share this Post

As I sit here this morning I can’t get around the erroneous feeling that I have absolutely nothing to say. I have found myself in this situation from time-to-time. Most writers refer to this as the dreaded “writer’s block”. I suppose over time I’ve come to appreciate the process writer’s block brings. It forces me to dig deeper inside myself to find answers and at other times to just relinquish myself to being silent. It forces me to search harder for God in the silence by not cluttering my search with words. Being Still Is Ok It reminds me it’s ok to be still and wait. Everything around us moves so fast and we live in a culture where we …

12 Stones: It’s Easy To Forget The Heart of God

Share this Post

I’ll go ahead and admit it. I’m forgetful. My wife, Lindsay, on the other hand, has a memory so good she should wear a ballcap that has blinking LED’s and a Wester Digital logo on it (only you computer geeks will understand this joke). It seems like she always remembers the important stuff. Like people’s names, birthdays, special occasions and what day of the week any random, upcoming, date falls on. Me, not so much. What Did I Just Forget? I’ve always wanted to be great at remembering names and such but what I have found is unless I write it down or mentally insert it into some scenario, I have a 76.32% chance of entirely forgetting. While I’m hard …