The Real Power of Our Testimonies

The Real Power of Our Testimonies

“A religion that is small enough for our understanding would not be big enough for our needs.” – Corrie Ten Boom They come with questions. Every Sunday morning, every weeknight at small group, every waking hour on Facebook or Twitter or in our inboxes, the questions are there, wrapped around breaking news reports or the latest research or the story of life forever changed just down the road. “What does God say about what’s happening in our world?” “What am I supposed to believe right now?”... Read More
Give Your Kids MORE This Christmas

Give Your Kids MORE This Christmas

He stands like a guard in the backyard, and there’s no escaping his presence. The inflatable snowman climbs down from the attic the day after Thanksgiving and makes his way to his Christmas home. I remember the day we got him more than a decade ago. “That’s Burl Ives!” I exclaimed as he came to life. Yes, our snowman is no regular Frosty. He’s the snowman from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. He is Burl Ives, complete with goatee and umbrella. He doesn’t look like any of the other decorations,... Read More
Letting Kids Be the Tradition-Makers

Letting Kids Be the Tradition-Makers

He was only four, but my son was very concerned as we carefully placed the nativity under the Christmas tree. “If this is Jesus’ birthday, why doesn’t He get a cake?” I looked at him, my mind racing to come up with some great theological statement about God in flesh not really caring that much for buttercream and sprinkles. But in that moment, the Lord reminded me that Ian’s real question wasn’t about the cake at all—it was about inviting Jesus into the full experience of Christmas. So that... Read More
What Happens When Churches Love Each Other

What Happens When Churches Love Each Other

I remember as a child visiting my grandparents’ farm in the tiny town of Jonesboro, Texas. A gas station served as the only neighborhood grocery store, and the post office and feed co-op partnered together in a cinder block building next door. A single schoolhouse down the road welcomed elementary, junior high, and high school kids. Driveways to farmhouses were shared, and everyone used the back roads rather than the sprawling highway that had sliced its way through the middle of the farming... Read More
How To Build A Better Post-Mortem

How To Build A Better Post-Mortem

A sense of dread always filled the office on Tuesday mornings. Smiles were few and conversations were brief as the anticipation of what was to come weighed heavy on all who gathered around the table to meet. A quick prayer was said, followed by the words, “Okay guys, let’s talk about the. . . .” What followed “the. . . .” was whatever needed to be debriefed. At the church where I worked, the weekend service was always on the agenda. The discussion that would follow resembled surgery, as each... Read More