When you don’t feel “thankful”…

Take nothing for granted

If you’re not feeling thankful and ready for Thanksgiving yet, just remember this: All God gives you is a gift. He reminded us of that in our own lives recently, as I shared in the sermon video below. Nothing is “a given” – the beating of your heart, the ones you love – nothing. So […]

Don’t Wait to Enjoy Your Life!

God delights in your simple, random joy

I checked into Facebook yesterday only to find a high school friend only a year older than me had died. He had just gotten married earlier this year, and had a son in college. I guess he knew it was coming. As I backtracked along his timeline to find out what happened, I saw where […]

If you’re not ready for Thanksgiving yet, remember all God gives you is a gift. He reminded us of that in our own lives recently, as I shared in the sermon video above…

Nothing is “a given” – the beating of your heart, the ones you love – nothing. So cherish what you’ve been given, and remember to thank the Giver during this special time of year!

Second Chance Dad

My 1st shot at fatherhood, I screwed up. This time, God's laughing out loud!

This is a picture of my new baby girl who just turned two-years-old. I remember the exact moment and where I was when she entered my life. Her name is Elizabeth (“Ellie” for short) and she is my second chance at being a dad. It’s not that I was a bad dad the first time […]

Fundamental Differences

If Islamic extremism is an ideology, how do you kill an idea?

As Americans, many of us feel conflicted over the appropriate response to the terrorist attacks we’re witnessing. As Christians, it’s even trickier. Of course, we don’t want to lump all Muslims in with the terrorists. That would not only be hateful, but incorrect. Many Muslims are truly horrified at what is going on. However, I […]

Grown-up Bullies

How to respond when you're attacked by the bullies that still wait for us

It’s funny how your childhood programs you for life. As a kid, I was overweight and non-athletic. I grew up never really learning how to throw a football like other kids. However, I soon found there was one playground game at school at which I could excel… Red Rover was the fat kid’s moment of […]

How to be a Hip Pastor Like Me

When we conform to someone's definition of hip, we're forfeiting the divine dork we were meant to be...

“Authenticity is what matters,” everyone says. “Just be yourself”.  Unless you’re a jerk, I guess. Then please try to be someone else. They say that’s what people really look for in a pastor these days, as well. But instead, there seems to be a lot of image consulting going on. Gone are the suits and […]

Dumb Stuff People Say About the Bible

What's up with the shellfish, mixed fabrics and slavery?

Nowadays, I hear a lot of people saying dumb things about the Bible. That may sound harsh, but “dumb” is really the only word that does their statements justice. These people don’t like a lot of the Bible’s rules, so the easy response is to attack the messenger. So why would people attack a 2000+ […]