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It’s okay to be afraid.

Joshua 1 ———– One of the most frustrating aspects of the Christian church subculture is this unspoken understanding that we’re all supposed to be okay, that, through the ...

What church should look like

I haven’t been in every church in America, but I’ve been to enough to see that there are vast differences between them.  I’ve seen the awesome, and I’ve seen the very ugly. Whi...

Ignition — starting with the Holy Spirit

Acts 2 ——— Church starts with the Holy Spirit. Most church services start with a worship song, or maybe some announcements regarding upcoming events. And that’s fine. But there is a ...

Open wide — how to make personal decisions or elect church leaders without being impulsive

Acts 1 ———- I confess that I’m pretty impulsive when it comes to food.  My wife would agree that I’m a bit of a tightwad, but when it’s time to eat, my wallet opens...

The Parable of the Sower, Today

Matthew 13 ———— You invite a handful of friends to church. The first one laughs at you. “Nah, I’m good.” You ask why not. “I know you have your own reli...

“Love on” — demystifying ministry

Matthew 9 ———– Props to this guy for the idea. People think “the ministry” is this huge undertaking, a calling that should be venerated and engraved on a gold plaqu...

Getting emotional — five instructions on getting your feelings in check

Proverbs 19 ———— Most church people stand at two emotional extremes: the overtly zealous and the staunchly rigid. You’re either a hand-raiser during worship or you’...

Why nobody cares about your religion

Matthew 8 ———– No one is impressed with your religion. If I bring up Jesus or church with anyone not really involved with either, they get pretty defensive.  The more detached ...

Being useful – Five truths when you feel like you have nothing to offer

Exodus 35-36 ————– You’re fresh out of school, applying for work everywhere, watching door after door shut in your face, and you’re already in conflict. ̶...

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