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 …

Hey Christians, Quit Trying So Hard

There we were all sitting on the boat, sharing our stories when that eight-legged monster crawled out from under the pile of life jackets sitting off to the corner. Based on my wife’s reaction, you would think the lake just spit up the most ghoulish and terrifying monster conceivable. It turned out to be just a garden spider but she was convinced he was out to settle a score. I immediately surveyed the area to find my spider squishing weapon of choice. Today, it was a concrete banana that was part of the permanent fruit bowl on the table. I grabbed the concrete fruit and with a swing only likened to Thor crashing down his hammer I smashed that eight-legged …

Wanting The Destination Without The Journey

Our culture is definitely a destination culture. We work to build something for ourselves and live to get somewhere. For the most part, we all want the destination and for many, they know that means there will be difficulties in getting there. I see this same mindset in the church. We ask God for direction but what we really want is for everything to be better, fixed or look the way we think it should look. The journey is important and builds us to be ready for the destination ahead of us. 5 Minutes Whenever I talk to people about this topic I always ask them the same thing. Think of your favorite movie and imagine that all you had …

Is The Church Still Relevant?

I’ve asked myself this question many times over the last 10 years. For most of my memorable life, I have grown up as a pastor’s kid. I’ve seen the good, bad and the ugly when it comes to the church. I’ve seen church people fight over the proverbial “carpet color choice” and then I’ve seen those same people be the hands and feet of Christ to those broken around them. What I have learned over my lifetime in the church is that God doesn’t need rituals, programs, sermons or revivals to accomplish His plan… For that much, He doesn’t even need perfect people. All He needs is someone willing to say yes in faith. Someone willing to say “yes” to …

A Christian’s Guide To Electing The Next U.S. President

I think like most Americans, I have watched the latest media coverage to the build up of the Presidential Election mostly through a face-palm. I’ve been amazed at how similar this election is to a reality tv show. I’ve also found myself, like many Americans, confused, frustrated and downright disappointed that this is all we have to choose from. I’m not the type of person who talks politics all that much. Perhaps I’ll have a few conversations with my close friends and family, but I do my best not to become too absorbed into the black hole of politics… otherwise known during this time of year as social media. But, I have seen so many Christians jumping into the political …

God Has Not Given Up On You

I’d never seen a hummingbird hang up-side-down like a bat. Until, that day in the garage. My wife’s voice carried like a gale force wind straight from the garage through the kitchen and right into my ear-hole. My spidey-senses were tingling as I tried to make sense of the words she was stringing together to gather my attention. Honestly, she could have been saying anything and it would have worked. It didn’t even need to make sense. “Colonel Sanders is dressed as a pineapple and eating a taco…”, Bam, job done. Head-Butting Hummingbirds So, I rushed to the garage to make sense of this commotion to find a hummingbird repeatedly head-butting my ceiling. Remembering clearly that no one wins with a …

Dear Church, We Don’t Trust You…

Words flowed like soured honey offering the promise of being sweet and gracious but at first taste revealing how something once good had been turned into a rancid paste of disappointment. Opinions and tempers coalesced into a verbal crescendo of momentary but deep rooted anger. The flutter of whistling pages played the background melody to this spectacle as a hymnal was used as a symbolic hammer driving home his point. I honestly can’t remember the point he was trying to make but I remember thinking this wasn’t too far off from a mid-morning episode of Jerry Springer; minus the relationship choices. Some sit watching in the manner of a deer staring down the headlights of a car while others were more focused …