To Escape or Overcome?

Let’s be real. Life is hard.  We all face problems, and sometimes just getting through the day seems like a major accomplishment.  Outside our own problems, we’re deluged daily by news of atrocity and tragedy all over the world. It’s easy to get lost in all of this and to feel powerless.  It’s easy to become convinced that the world … Read More

Love Letter from the Father

I was praying this morning and God reminded me of this prophetic love letter He gave me years ago for the church.  It’s still true, and I wanted to share it with you!  If you want to hear me speak in a service, you can do so here (it’ll start at the end, but the message is really good too): … Read More

Jesus, Hercules, and Suffering

God and the Greeks Remember the story of Hercules?  The son of Zeus who did a bunch of heroic stuff like killing a Hydra to earn back his status as a god?  Disney made a movie about it when I was a kid.  It was a fun show, but not much like the original tale. In the original Greek version, … Read More

Don’t Miss the Main Point of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Are you filled with the Holy Spirit? This is a loaded question, but where does it come from?  In Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist announces that Jesus is going to baptize people into the Holy Spirit. He’s saying that Jesus is so powerful, He is actually able to take sinful, broken humans and immerse them into the Godhead.  It’s a … Read More

Overcoming Shame to Love Ourselves

The Problem In Edgar Allen Poe’s famous short story The Tale Tell Heart, the narrator confesses to murder because he imagines the dead man’s heart beating incessantly beneath the floorboards.  This is, of course, not a real sound, but rather the drumbeat of his guilty conscience. While certainly a macabre story, Poe touched on something profound:  the universal human tendency … Read More

Undoing Confusion about Women

As Mother’s Day approaches, I’m reminded that we still have a lot of confusion about God’s plan for men and women.  The church needs powerful women fulfilling their destiny, unhindered by misconceptions and legalistic constraints. Here are 3 things we should all understand in order to partner with what God is doing in this area: 1) God created men and … Read More

Don’t Trade One Prison For Another

“Out of the frying pan and into the fire” the old cliché goes.  Like an inexperienced driver on an icy road, the saying describes humanity’s tendency to overcompensate. In our effort to avoid one ditch, we often end up right smack in the middle of another. One of the things I’ve noticed as a minister that emphasizes the grace of … Read More

Being Made Whole By the Goodness of God

We will only ever be as whole as we believe God is good. That’s a startling statement, but it’s true. All of humanity’s problems boil down to the fact that we’ve sinned, which Romans 3:23 describes as falling short of the glory. Falling short of God’s glory doesn’t just mean doing something He told you not to do. It’s not … Read More

Being Made Whole By the Goodness of God

We will only ever be as whole as we believe God is good. That’s a startling statement, but it’s true. All of humanity’s problems boil down to the fact that we’ve sinned, which Romans 3:23 describes as falling short of the glory. Falling short of God’s glory doesn’t just mean doing something He told you not to do. It’s not … Read More

Don’t Miss the Main Point of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

In Matthew 3:11, John the baptist announces that Jesus is going to baptize people into the Holy Spirit. He’s saying that Jesus is so powerful, He is actually able to take sinful, broken humans and immerse them into the Godhead.  It’s a radical statement.  Jesus’ mission is to find a way to forever unity humanity and Divinity. The trouble is … Read More