Hope is Dangerous

We missed out on another house today. The market is tough for buyers on a budget. It’s discouraging…even more discouraging when we get our hopes up. Each house we look at and like leads us to picturing ourselves building a home and settling down. But, it’s a seller’s market and each time we find out…

Moving Time

It’s moving time! Over the next few weeks we’re in the process of packing up our belongings and heading west. We’re excited, nervous, stressed, hopeful and full of all the mix of emotions that come with a substantial life transition. I have moved a lot. To the point of having described my family as being…

Changing Church: It’s About Jesus

Do you spend a great deal of time talking about how great your church is? Do you talk about how many people attend or your rank as one of the fastest growing churches in the country? Do you talk about the great youth group, the awesome youth building and activities? Do you talk about the…

Church: Is There a Better Way?

We Christians love our church establishments. I really do get it. I grew up in it. I was mentored in it. I went to seminary and everything. BUT, it needs to change. It has to. Remember Yellow Pages? Sure you do…if you’re 25 or older. But, when’s the last time you used it? Information has…

Church: Quit Practicing and Start Doing

A good friend once asked me what I was up to one night. I told him I was going to bible study. He asked, “When’s the test?”. That question stuck with me. I had spent my whole life learning about Jesus, theology and doctrine and found myself surrounded by others who think, believe, look and…

Trapped With Bad Marketing

You’ve got to give credit to the guys in this photo for getting their message out. Who would have ever known they had wanted wives had they not put a sign on their cabin. Can you imagine a lady cruising by on a wagon and upon turning a corner in the trail seeing that sign…

Less TV and More Books = More Interesting Life

 I used to be a prolific recreational reader. Two rounds of grad school zapped a bit of the joy out of reading. So, over the last couple of years I spent more time entertaining myself than I did educating myself. I watched a lot of sports, a lot of television and many movies. Sure, I…