Discipleship and Community

When Jesus called the first disciples, he called them into community. I know that “community” and “doing life together” sound really good. And I’m not sure if you know this or not, but people aren’t easy. And hypocrisy is easy to point out in other people. But it’s never just in “THOSE people, over THERE, doing THAT thing.” It’s in …

Liars, Hypocrites, and Thieves…

There’s no way I’d join them. Bunch of hypocrites, liars and unloving leaders. They think they’re better than everyone else. Even told people to stop doing ministry because they were with another group. And these so-called “loving” leaders actually threatened violence because a group wouldn’t receive Jesus. Seriously. It happened. So much for the “love” of God in their lives. …

The Truth Will Not Set You Free…

Set free. I don’t know a one of us who doesn’t need this one area or another. – Addictions. To substances. To sex/porn. To the approval of others. To gambling. Or social media. Or spending what we don’t have. And on and on – Fear. Worry. “What could happen IF…” Anxiety. “What if people find out about…” – Outbursts of …

New Year Planning…

It’s a strange disconnect, isn’t it? We die. All of us. None of us escapes alive. Yet our 2nd chance, our shot at making things new, our resolutions…they almost all tilt toward renewing our decaying, dying bodies. – I’m going to lose weight – I’m going to start working out more and join a gym – I’m going to stop …

The Five Most Out-of-Context Verses (and a bonus one):

5. “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”- often quoted about winning sports games. Context: Learning how to live independent of what we want. Paul is talking about going hungry and having nothing, as well as abounding. He says, “I’ve learned the secret of contentment regardless of circumstances. And this is it…I can do all things…” …

Catalyst and a God who Refuses to Give Up on Me…

I attended my first Catalyst Conference in (I think) 2011. Wasn’t sure I wanted to go. But my friend Brad did. Felt called to it. So we saddled up the bikes and rode to Atlanta. Brad had a huge chain and lock. We locked the bikes together at the hotel so they wouldn’t get fled from us by thieving minions. …

How You Handle “No” Means Everything…

From my Facebook Post, August 24, 2016 year ago: How someone handles “No” says much about their maturity, trust in God and ability to walk well in long-term relationships. Recently, someone contacted me and wanted to know if I could do something. Wanted to know if I had any conditions by which I would say, “No.” I answered honestly that …

When You Just Can’t Win…

You can’t win! You just…can’t! When you know you won’t win. That you can’t. No matter what you do. With someone. Or a group of someones. You can continue to try. Bending over backwards with niceness and obsequiousness. Changing who you are and trying desperately to be what they say you should. So you can get their approval. Or you …

You ARE a Leader. Right now. The only question is, “What kind?”   You have people who are watching you? You have influence in people’s lives? Are you in a position to serve others? Then you’re a leader.   Leadership is different things to different people. For some, it’s control and authority. For the believer, it’s influence above all else. …