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We Are Privileged

Well, we studied Acts 22 over a month ago, but there is a phrase in that chapter that I cannot get out of my head. It has lingered like a wonderful fragrance that causes me to pause and take a deep, delightful breath. This is the phrase: “The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear ...

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Renewed Vision

On Monday… I was on my way to a ministry called Hope for the Hungry as a part of my commitment to Urban Kinetic. I didn’t feel very enthusiastic about my commitment. I don’t necessarily mind serving those less fortunate than me, and I certainly don’t mind hard work. But I think I may have had a little selfishness lodged in my heart about it. ...

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This Made Me Smile Big

Celebrating. Rejoicing. And really, just being happy about things is not a natural thing for me. I do get happy, but for some reason it doesn’t last that long. I am not exactly sure why, but it is true. I think that the sadness that has happened in my life has caused me to distrust happiness. When I really start to rejoice and be happy I somehow feel ...

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The Meaning of the Metaphor

Christians say some crazy sounding things. In my sermon last Sunday I said, “to be a Christian is to be the bride of Christ, pregnant with the kingdom of heaven.” See? That sounds crazy—especially if you're a dude! But if you’ve read your Bible, walked with Jesus for a while, and been to a...

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Old Christians Never Die

Old Christians never die...they just get more radical. My dad used to have a shirt that said, “Old skiers never die…they just get more radical.” It was an embarrassing, brightly colored, 80's style shirt and he wore it all the time. He liked the shirt because he loved to ski and he knew that, since he was in his 40’s, we, his three sons, thought he...

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Grace and Peace

Here are a couple of thoughts about grace and peace… First for grace… Recently, a friend asked me how I was doing and I responded like this: “Things are good for the most part; but with the addition of our new foster kids, I feel like Brit and I have been pushed to the outer edge of God’s grace again.” We have...

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It Feels Like the Book of Acts is Happening

There I was, walking down the road, following my GPS to the creek. I reached a gate that blocked where my GPS was pointing me. I now had to decide if trespassing was worth it or not. Now you have to understand, it would just be a ...

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And Now, Something a Little Different

Though the heat is still on in Phoenix, summer break is over for my family and we are already moving on. This week two of my daughters started school, one of my daughters started volleyball camp, and we now have two boys fresh ...

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The Message is Simple

It still blows my mind every time I think it through: Right now my brain sends signals to my finger muscles, and they move my fingertips in a way that strike specific keys at sequential moments, producing signals within my computer. Those signals travel to the motherboard, which ...

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Soul and Spirit

Does it feel intimidated and unsure, or steady and strong? There are a few surefire things that cause my spirit to feel steady and strong. First, when my spirit connects to the All-Powerful Spirit of the Living God through prayer, my spirit is enlivened and empowered. Second,...

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