let your updates be few

Today, and many times before, I wanted to write a Facebook update. I decided not to because once you put words out they are very hard to put back inside. Ever try to put toothpaste back in once it's been squeezed out? It's not exactly easy. My inner monologue goes something like…

Tough Days

My church voted on calling a new pastor today. It is bitter sweet as we look towards the man that God may be calling as our current pastor who is my friend will soon be leaving for the mission field. It's tough discerning God's plans in the midsts of so much transition. My 3.5…

The weight of control

Recently I listened to my wife speaking with one of my children about the weight of their certainty about knowing if they are really saved. How can we believe when we can not see? How do we know for certain that we really believed or really believe about God? Our child in…

Sin boldly

"Sin boldly." - Martin Luther. Luther said this line to his friend Melanchthon regarding the reality that we actually sin. Sin is not just mulliganing our way through life confessing our screw ups, failures, or breaking fictitious  rules created by our culture or religious community. Luther purposes that when we…

worshiping while writing

"Therefore, Whether you eat or drink, Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Paul to a messed-up church. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31. I have been thinking a lot the last few months about how Christians especially pastors interact with the church, community, and their culture. I do not…