We too often carry the weight of wounds inflicted too early in life to know how to properly cope with them. When we were wounded, something changed in us. We can’t always describe it, or even explain how we were affected. But it is there. As a pastor I have heard some of these stories of these old wounds. They linger in our memory and … Continue reading Why Do we Weight Ourselves to Death?
Part 1: How we’ve become more like Jonah than Jesus. Christian, say these words with me, directed to yourself: Repent, and believe the Gospel. These are a part of the historic words of the Ash Wednesday liturgy. And yet most people don’t hear them anymore (since most of our churches have jettisoned the traditions for a shinier, modern version of Christianity where they pretend they … Continue reading Do We Look More American than Christian? Part 1
Most people will readily understand the idea of growing spiritually, but far fewer understand how this growth is cultivated and sustained. Continue reading Lent 2018 | Day #33: Spiritual Health
Your character is the result of a process. It is not something that happens overnight. It takes time and careful consideration. Continue reading Lent 2018 | Day #24: Character
It can be rather startling to think that we all are in need of transformation. The problem for many of us is that we do not see and understand the invasive nature of sin. Continue reading Lent 2018 | Day #12: Transformation
One of my favorite activities growing up was getting a new Lego® set and putting it together. It would not take me very long to do it, but once I was finished I didn’t really want to play with it. I just wanted to look at it and make sense of how all these different blocks and pieces were able to make this car or house or airplane. One of the realities I discovered about myself in the process was that I was not very creative. I loved following the instructions and seeing the final product, but the idea of taking the pieces apart and creating something original was not within my grasp.
Continue reading “Lent Day #7 | Transformation”
If I had to summarize what is different today from one year ago I would say that I no longer see my faith as something to be serious about. Being a disciple of Christ is something serious and if it is serious then there must be an equal sign between my life and my talk. Faith = Life = Speech. Continue reading Where to Begin…