Beyond

Recently, I was asked to help build engagement around an existing Facebook page. If you don’t know, one of the first stats to look at when it comes to evaluating a Facebook page is the number of page LIKEs.  The page I was asked to contribute to had approximately 345–a very modest number.  My first goal was to reach 400 by the end of the weekend. It didn’t happen.  In fact, the page barely got to…..

Watching

It can be one of those difficult things about our faith in God. A psalmist declares, “Oh Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.” Psalm 5:3 Did you catch it?  Most of us understand the need to pray, and that we should pray to God.  A lot of us even do it in the morning to get it over with (snark).  But it’s…..

Beneath, behind & beyond

Most people who have ever heard me preach can tell that I love to preach.  Most people don’t know, however, that I love to teach even more. Yes, the two are related, but preaching is limited in its function. There’s an interaction when you teach that you cannot have when you preach, at least the way our preaching has developed.  When most people listen to me preach, that’s what they do, listen.  Some people barely…..

We’re missing one word

A shooting happened at a softball field yesterday.  This morning, between weather reports and nail polish reviews, there is a renewed call for unity.  Renewed?  Yes, because we’ve been down this road before.  Tragedy brings us together.  Even if superficially. But I get tired of superficiality.  I know many of you do as well. With all the news reports I’ve seen over the years about what we need to do to create unity and bring…..

What’s new

By the way, sometimes it’s okay to start change small. Doing something completely new can be daunting.  It can be scary.  Well, for most people.  There are those among us that love to blaze the trails; we call them trailblazers–we’re so creative. For most of us, however, trying anything new is feels like feeding Gizmo after midnight. But if you’re not willing to move to the new, you’re bound to get held back.  So, instead…..