Growing Godly Generations

Many of our churches have spent the last few weeks celebrating the birth of Christ, and likely reading the opening chapters of the Gospels. While we all love the nativity narratives and surrounding events, one item not to lose sight in Matthew and Luke are the long list of names. These Gospel writers offer genealogical…

Comfortable Churches

It has been said that a leader or pastor’s role is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Pastors have a challenging task to be present in people’s most difficult and darkest moments. Yet, like Jesus, every pastor I know counts it a treasure to serve people with tender compassion. In contrast, pastors also…

Why Believe in Christianity? (John 1)

MOTIVATE In one of my children’s watched movies is an ironic scene about the nature of morality. The movie is called “Wreck-It-Ralph,” and if it helps, Ralph is basically the man in the arcade game “Donkey Kong.” In the movie, all the arcade characters have a real life in their own world. For years, the…

Cross-centered Living (Matthew 27)

MOTIVATE One evening in an American city two men pulled up in a car and stopped at a traffic signal.[1] On the prowl the two men saw a young woman walking alone on the sidewalk. They followed the woman to an apartment complex and seized her, and then took her to an empty schoolground to…