Peace to a chaotic world

I guess you could call me a disciple of RVL. I’ve made use all of his That the World May Know studies either in church or for personal study. Multiple times, too. His approach to reading scripture, which I know is not unique to him, changed completely both the way I read the Bible and the love I have for God’s word. This weekend, Gloria and are attending a seminar he is hosting. This will…..

#SpeakFreelyNotFluently

One of the most frustrating things about having a child with a stutter is the reaction from adults. Here’s something my wife and I have heard repeated so often: But she’s so smart. Friends, having a stutter impacts your speech. It has no bearing on your intelligence or life potential. One of my children has a stutter. She has taught me a lot about persistence and courage. Don’t be surprised that she is an A-honor…..

Living up to expectations

When it comes to being a pastor of a church, I’m used to being the odd man out. That is, for whatever reasons, I tend to be the one that people remember because he was that different. You might think that works to my advantage. Not usually. As a result, I’ve learned if you don’t fit people’s expectations, they will not listen to you. That’s okay. They were only going to listen to their expectations…..

To Children’s Church or not to Children’s Church

I wholeheartedly disagree with the concept of completely removing children from “regular” worship. It’s a stupid, modern idea that perpetuates what’s wrong with our sense of worship. What’s wrong with our sense of worship? By and large, we speak of worship in terms of what it means to us. Going to church makes me feel good. It reenergizes me, gets me ready for the week. That’s why we argue about worship styles and formats. We’ve…..

Just asking

It’s been annoyingly repeated too much: there is no such thing as a dumb question. I stopped believing that lie years ago! Within everything we do, there is an important task of asking questions. There is also an art of learning to ask the right questions, or the right kinds of questions. Forbes, in a recent article, offered an example of a great question. Think about looking for your next perfect job. That’s the context…..