We Never Arrive and We Are Never Selected

We Never Arrive and We Are Never Selected

Can I be vulnerable for a moment? Until recently, I lived with a worldview that caused me great frustration. Though I could never pinpoint it, I knew something was missing. As I surveyed the world, I watched people busying themselves like ants with many activities. Everyone, it appeared, had a destination in mind and worked [...]

Excellent or Praiseworthy – September 2022

Excellent or Praiseworthy – September 2022

Happy autumn, friends! Everything listed below was encouraging, helpful, or informative to me during the month of September. I hope it blesses you. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” - Philippians [...]

Combatting a Critical Spirit in Ministry

Combatting a Critical Spirit in Ministry

I recently read a book that had a profound impact on my understanding of Christ's heart for his people. The book was well received by most evangelicals with the exception of one group. This group’s review, in my opinion, was unnecessarily critical. Sadly, they are becoming known for their critical spirit toward anyone not associated [...]

Contentment, Limitations, and Gratitude for the Season

Contentment, Limitations, and Gratitude for the Season

I have spent the last week vacationing in the Smoky Mountains with my family and some close friends. As I write this, I’m sitting in our shared cabin overlooking a beautiful property with a creek and a spring-fed pond. The property has no cell phone service, is surrounded by lush, green trees, and is a [...]

Excellent or Praiseworthy – July 2022

Excellent or Praiseworthy – July 2022

Everything listed below was encouraging, helpful, or informative to me during the month of July. I hope it blesses you. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”- Philippians 4:8 (NIV) 1. God [...]

The 3 Essential Ingredients of Discipleship

The 3 Essential Ingredients of Discipleship

One of my all-time favorite jobs was working at Trader Joe’s. While there, I learned the importance of reading labels, particularly, the list of ingredients on the side of food packaging. It was helpful to know key ingredients so I could assist customers with various dietary needs. The first thing I recall learning about ingredient [...]