Out Of The Dark: Finding Hope In the Silence

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

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 …

Real Talk: Does Going To Church Service Really Matter?

So, does going to church service really matter? In a roundabout way, I see this topic come up quite often. I’ve even asked myself the same question a few times. But, I always come back to a few key points that help “clear the water” on this topic. I’d like to share those with you today. 1. Church Service Is About Much More Than “Service-ey Stuff” The first few things that come to mind when most people think of “church service” are getting out of bed early on Sunday mornings, worship music, preaching, offering and then lunch. Generally in that order. While these are all things that happen during a Sunday service they are not really what’s important. Before you …

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Authenticity in the Church

Today I want to talk to you about Authenticity in the church. For those of you who prefer old fashioned reading over videos, the text to the video is below: Authenticity In The Church This is a cry for authenticity in the church. It is a cry for honesty and authenticity to become more important than rituals and religious programs. It is a call for the church to rediscover the importance and sanctity of being genuine. The church has to be willing to show her brokenness but also the grace that accompanies it. She must relearn to cry with the broken, break for the poor, feed the hungry and most of all remember how to listen. The church always has something …

Everything Changes

Being a pastor’s kid as a child I became very accustomed to moving around and in turn that meant becoming accustomed to change; because everything changes, especially when you’re a pastor’s kid. Change meant new schools, new friends, new church, and a new house with a new bedroom. Most of the time the new house was really just an old run-down parsonage that the local church body thought was God’s gift to the pastor and his family. Save Us From The Parsonage I saw them more as a mediocre, human-sized dog houses conveniently located close enough to the church building that the local church trouble-makers could show up at all hours and spew their stale coffee scented venom whenever they …

How To Be A Christian Returning To The Church

“We can never work with a lie but we can always work with the truth” That’s something my Dad used to tell me when I was younger. This old sage wisdom generally surfaced from its heart dwelling cavern any time the temptation to lie to myself, or others, would come up. Like any kid that age, the temptation to dust over the truth of a situation, especially when I was in the wrong, was a periodic thorn that presented itself as a means to avoid potential hurt. It offered the chance of postponing consequences with the hope that those consequences never appeared in the first place. Something so small as a lie could, at the moment, offer so much freedom. …

You Are Not Worthless

So, I had an entirely different topic planned for today’s post but as I was doing my research and preparing my points, I found myself, well, stuck on this one completely unrelated thought. In all our doing, in all our building, creating, learning and fixing… People still find themselves feeling un-fulfilled, perhaps even worthless… So, I’m taking the hint and ditching my previous post plans for another day. Today, I want you to know you are not worthless. Let’s Talk About Worth I’m going to be real honest with you here, I’ve even found myself feeling like this at times. What’s ironic are the times I found myself feeling like this the most are the times where it would seem …

Who does the church welcome?

One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from a rockstar and I don’t mean that in the figurative sense, I mean he’s an actual rockstar. You might know him as Bono. “God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them.” – Bono There seems to be a lot of talk in the church about where God is and where He …

So, You Feel Like You’ve Failed God? Let’s Talk.

So, you feel like you’ve failed God? Now, what do you do? I can’t tell you how many times this topic has come up, in some form, in conversations I’ve had. Those exact words are not always used but the idea behind them; the idea that this person has failed God… This idea is there buried under mounds of either regret, confusion and sometimes even pain. There is a frustration present that pulls and tears at their heart causing them to believe that in some form God is disappointed and angry with them and they must do better to earn His favor. This mindset often forgets the verse in Romans, “But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!” Failing God By Failing Others …

What To Do When You’ve Been Hurt By The Church

If there is any one topic I come across regularly in my conversations with people about the church; what to do when you’ve been hurt by the church is at the top of the list. Growing up in the church I have seen just as much hurt as I’ve seen happiness. Often the hurt surrounds trivial issues like the proverbial disagreement over carpet color but then at other times it’s not trivial at all. Hurt By The Church? The hurt I’ve seen in these moments is deep-rooted and carries with it a web of confusion all bundled together with a heavy dose of emotion. But what I see most about this kind of hurt is it’s real with real consequences …