Stress Relief, Bullies, and Expectations…

Stress Relief: Intro: A friend, a good guy in the Pastorate, has a church bully. She’s doing everything she can to undermine him, gossip about him, cause him to walk away. She’s keeping a list of everything she can find that she doesn’t like about what he says or does. She even scuttled plans for the church to take up …

Wisdom and Decisions in the Moment…

Wisdom: Never make a major, life-altering decision when you are really up or really down. There is almost nothing that is so important you have to make that decision right that moment. Even the non life-changing ones. I was psyched that I was getting a special deal on a car. But I had to act right that moment. Others were …

It’s Been Jacked from the Get…

(EDIT: Forgot my proviso. Yeah, this has NOTHING to do with anyone at Layman. Or anything going on right now. I read through the smaller NT letters recently. This one stayed with me) It’s been jacked from the get. In 3 John (the third letter of John in the Scriptures), the old man John (70-90 years old), the Disciple/Apostle of …

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. …