Making Disciples – No Exceptions

A lot of things are still up in the air in terms of making plans, what’s going on with the pandemic, and what “normal” will be. There is a wide variety of responses to whatever is next which includes everything from “I can’t wait to get back to…” to “It will be at least a […]

Look Out, Not In

I recently participated in a webinar about church health measures for the local church hosted by an international ministry. The idea was to take a look at the things churches and leaders needed to pay attention to in a post pandemic landscape. I am not here to rag on the webinar or the ministry. It […]

Questions to Wrestle With

The other day,  I was talking with some leaders about basic discipleship stuff, and one of them caught me.  They said, “You are talking like we are going to be able to do all the things we used to be able to do before the pandemic.”  They weren’t being mean. They were just pointing something […]

This Advent Season

I’m going to start this blog post with a couple of reminders. I hope that’s okay. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility, regard others as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.  (Philippians 2:2-4 Amplified) This is […]

I Went to Church

The other day, I went to church, in a building with other people church.   How was it you ask? Well, thanks for asking. It was different and I don’t mean good or bad different, just different. How could it not be? We were all appropriately distanced and had our masks on as required.  We didn’t […]

Like You

Like you, I’m tired of this pandemic and want it to end. I’m tired of hearing the slogans “a new normal” or “a new reality.” I understand why people use these slogans because, like me, no one knows what to do next. No one has been able to give us direction to where we need […]

The Act of Noticing

A couple years ago, I walked downstairs into my basement to take a shower. On the last step, before I reached for the light switch, I stepped into an inch of water. The water heater had blown a hole and flooded the basement. After shutting off the water, draining what we could, and vacuuming up […]

Be a Big Influence

Earlier this year, I had an unusual experience that has caused me to do quite a bit of thinking and reflecting. It was sweet and touching but caught me off guard, and I wasn’t sure what to do about it at first. I was mentioned in the obituary of somebody I hadn’t seen or spoken […]

Agree to Disagree

As thoughts turn to reopening churches, I have been thinking less about the logistics of that (although I know that matters a lot) and more about what it means to “agree to disagree” as the church. How can we do that well as Christ followers? How can we do that well with our fellow Christ […]