A Kingdom of Now and Not Yet

A Kingdom of Now and Not Yet

They recently published my latest article for the East Valley Tribune titled “A Kingdom of Now and Not Yet.” In it I write about the two contrasting realities that this world is a broken place yet God is good.

Click here to read the article.

What Are You Taking For Granted?

What Are You Taking For Granted?

I recently spoke at a church in Minnesota. Upon landing at the airport, Michelle and I proceeded to get our rental car. I stood by the driver side of the car as I signed the papers to conclude the transaction. My wife opened the passenger side door and found something left in the car from the people before us. As you can see in the image above, it was an oddly shaped brush.

My wife, never one to be bashful, quickly informed our rental car associate that somebody left their brush in our car. Our associate didn’t seemed phased by this and replied that it was supposed to be there.

“For what?” my wife asked.

“Um… snow,” came the reply.

Michelle and I both laughed. The lady helping us didn’t. We tried to explain that we’re from Arizona and we don’t use those. In fact, we’ve never used one on a car before. Our rental employee seriously had a hard time wrapping her mind around what we just shared with her and continued to give us a strange look.

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Reconciled

Here’s my message from our worship night on Friday.

Your worship of God cannot be separated from your relationships with those around you.

The Cure for Lifeless Christianity

The Cure for Lifeless Christianity

Last Sunday they printed my second article for the East Valley Tribune. I wrote about how we often think of our faith as passive despite the fact that the Bible uses very experiential language. It’s called “The Cure for Lifeless Christianity.”

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Speaking at Woodland Hills

I had the incredible opportunity to speak at Woodland Hills Church in Minnesota last weekend. Greg Boyd has been a mentor to me this last year and has challenged me in numerous ways. For regular readers of my blog you’ve heard me mention him numerous times.

Click here to read my previous blog posts about Greg.

Digital Courage (Remixed)

In our world of computers and online conversations it is easy to say what you want with little regard to how it affects others. This is often referred to as “digital courage.” Many people say things behind a keyboard which they’d never dream of saying to someone’s face.

As a person who speaks on stage in front of people I’m often on the receiving end of someone’s digital courage. It can quickly be discouraging and less than objective to whatever it was which was actually said. While those are the examples that usually stand out to me personally, I’m also acutely aware how single-minded I can become when I’m writing about opinions of my own. The challenge before us all (and the continuous reminder) is to be the same person behind a keyboard that we are in person. For that matter, to be the same person regardless of the setting or situation.

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