Unraveled: Life without Integrity

When I lived in South America I went to an open market and I got a good deal on a Nike jacket. I immediately had my doubts that it really was a name brand jacket. This was tipped off by the cheap price, the pushy sales person, and the slightly skewed swoosh. I ignored my…

My Blue Asics

As I write this, summer is coming to an end. If listen closely you can hear the kids groan as they think about going to school and you can hear some parents cheer when they imagine their children’s energy being spent on something other than picking on their siblings and destroying the house. Summer is…

The Bible Tells Me So

I just finished reading Peter Enns’ book, The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It. It was an easy, enjoyable read. I have rarely (okay never) read a book covering biblical history and biblical interpretation that has actually made me laugh out loud. You would have thought I…

Great Expectations

One of the great joy killers during the Christmas season is expectations. Many of us have such high hopes for how the Christmas season is to go down. Stress and disappointment come when reality doesn’t match our expectations. The truth about Christmas, and about life in general, is that what actually happens is rarely what we expect.…

Guarantees and Tight Grips

There are very few guarantees in life.  Businesses guarantee satisfaction or your money back.  The things you buy come with guarantees that they will last a certain amount of time.  Politicians make all sorts of promises that this or that will happen if the people elect them.  Marriage is supposed to be a relational guarantee…

Shepherd with a Floodlight

It’s been a tough week so far. I have been disturbed by what is going on in Iraq. The violence inflicted on adults and children has kept me awake at night. The spread of the Ebola virus in Africa has been scary to watch as well. It has been heart wrenching to see the young and old dying from…

Learning to Overcome

One summer while I was in college I worked as a ministry intern at a small church near Philadelphia. I did some teaching, preaching, event planning, working with youth, among other things. I also led a small group bible study during the week and the book of James was the topic. On the very first…

The Ignored Leader

If I were to ask you who the greatest figure in early church history was after Pentecost, who would it be? Many of you would name Peter, Paul, maybe even Stephen or John, but I would bet that very few would think to mention James. James was however one of the most influential leaders in…

Our Church, the Jesus Gathering

The word “church” is used in our culture to refer to the building where Christians gather, in reference to different Christian denominations, and also to refer to the Sunday worship event. But the biblical word “church,” or “ecclesia,” carries a different meaning. In the first century, the word was used, even among non-Christians, to refer…