Aside from the obvious ones like raindrops on roses and warm woolen mittens, I have another favorite thing: a good old-fashioned church potluck. People from all different walks of life come together for food and fellowship, and everyone brings their best specialty dish for the meal. Perhaps a secret family recipe for spicy meatballs or cheesy potatoes. And don’t forget to save room on your plate for something from the dessert table . . . And there’s always room for... Read More
I spent my spring break chaperoning a choir trip with 50 Christian teenagers. While it meant six nights with a far later bedtime than I usually prefer, it was also a great opportunity to thank God for this awesome group—and think more about the role God has for them in his family.
Encourage them to lead now.
It’s a (grammatical) pet peeve of mine when people tell teens they are the future of the church. Every person who is in... Read More
Church at its best is magnificent: the Word is taught in its truth and purity, ideas about worship and ministry are freely exchanged, leaders serve in humility, and abundant love meets everyone at the door.
A good many of us have also witnessed church at its worst: when hurt, not love, seems never ending, grudges fester, and walking through the door isn’t a joy but a chore.
At those times the army of evil works overtime to cloud judgment. I... Read More
A few years ago I visited a church that was passionate about prayer. So passionate that they inserted all of their church family’s prayer requests in the bulletin so their members could pray for one another throughout the week.
But as I read through the long list of over 30 prayer requests on the light-blue insert, I started to notice a pattern—Pray for his cancer. Pray for their safe travels. Thank you for her successful surgery.
After reading... Read More
Not too long ago, I had a rough, restless day at church. It wasn’t the pastor’s or the musician’s or my fellow worshipers’ fault. Pretty sure it was my fault—even though I have no idea what my problem was. My mind couldn’t focus, I had a hard time listening, and I barely felt like praying along. I started to wonder if I should’ve even gone at all.
I think we all have “bad” days when it comes to faith, the... Read More