Just as homeowners set physical property lines around their land, we need to maintain mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual boundaries for our lives to help us distinguish what is our responsibility and what isn’t. What is me, and what is not me.Read More
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Play serves as a reminder that God is good, and that in God, we get to experience a life that exceeds our capacity to measure or control. God invites us to give a tenth of our resources towards celebrating because it opens us up to the God who is dancing around and through us.Read More
And then we come to the most peculiar line in the story: and when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” Saw how he died. What is it about how Jesus died that so suddenly struck the heart of this Centurion that he was able to see something no one else could?Read More
As humans made in God’s image, we are designed to delight in beauty, just like God does. We desire it, we admire it, we recognize it when we see it. We have an innate instinct to respond to it. Beauty can confront apathy and strengthen courage. It can give us vision to imagine hope, and can warn us of the consequences should we just blithely maintain the status quo.Read More
And with his opponents whimpering on the mat before him, Jesus goes in for the finish by telling a story about a vineyard, a creative and gracious vintner, and some insanely insubordinate hired help. But before we dig too deep into the passage, I first want to talk about kinetic mobiles like this one here, because it will help us make sense of what’s going on in this passage.Read More
While there are many things that positively influence the likelihood of a child carrying their faith on into adulthood, missiologists and sociologists have identified three critical things. Third on the list — making sure that in their church, kids feel the safety and freedom to ask whatever questions they have about life and love and God. The second most important factor in the faith development of children is that someone who isn’t their parent and isn’t their pastor take an interest in their spiritual life. And the very most important factor is simply this — that kids see their parents actively loving Jesus, serving their neighbors, and participating in Christian community.Read More
This father, already no stranger to heartache, was again! crushed under the weight of one more disappointment. One more failed hope. One more heartbreak. And the religious enforcers pounced on his pain so that everyone watching would know just how much of a crock Jesus’ way was. The scene Jesus walks into is not a pretty picture. It’s a scene filled with pain. The emptiness of the gloating scribes. The disappointment of the disciples. The powerlessness of the father.Read More
Because when desires become expectations, there isn’t room for joyful gift giving and receiving. There’s only room for dissatisfaction and disappointment in their absence. And over time, disappointments become resentments, and resentments become bitterness. And bitterness kills. Because marriage has stopped being about what we’re dreaming and hoping for, and instead has become about me and my expectations that you aren’t living up to.Read More