Being a Christian Can Be Exhausting

I’m tired. I woke up at 3:30 this morning and didn’t fall back asleep. This happens with some frequency so I’ve made it a habit to keep a book nearby so I can read for a bit. Occasionally, after reading a bit, I’ll fall back to sleep and get a few more hours of needed…

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…

What If What You Believe Is Wrong?

It’s simply a question, but it’s bothersome already isn’t it? Blasphemous, heretical, misled. Or is it? It’s just a question. In itself, it’s innocuous. But questions that challenge our beliefs get us so very bent out of shape. Read some of these questions and pay attention to what comes up in you just by reading…

Why I’m Not Going To Church Today

It’s Sunday morning and I’m not going to church. I used to feel guilty for that. I remember my freshman year of college at Abilene Christian University. Everyone would get up and go to church then either go eat out or come back to the cafeteria on campus. The days I slept in and skipped…

Getting Lost

My wife and I make a conscious effort to watch CBS’ Amazing Race. It’s awesome to see some of the places teams explore and challenges they face as they travel the world. Inevitably, most every team on the amazing race gets lost. Navigating foreign countries and attempting to decipher unfamiliar languages proves to be too…

Quitting Church

It wasn’t planned, but I quit church. Well, at least corporate, institutional Church. Maybe it was seminary that contributed to it. Maybe it was my own wandering. Maybe it was me “backsliding”. Or maybe it was God. Just maybe. I was at a faith focused event this winter. Sitting around at a table with a varied…