My Life Is Rubbish. Don’t You Agree?

Philippians 3

Let those who are mature think in the way of setting aside what is past, and striving for the path of becoming like Chirst.

I’ve spent a lot of time in Philippians lately. The one church who most consistently supported Paul in his traveling ministry, the book seemed appropriate and timely. And while there are many things that I could write about, and many verses that people have on the tip of their tongues (I can do all things, amiright?), I wanted to write about the one thing that has repeatedly resonated in my heart. Continue reading

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Heaven IS For Real! (but not because a Toddler says so!)

With the release of a movie recently, many, many people are talking about Heaven. That’s a good thing, right?

Maybe.

Heaven Is For Real, a movie produced by mega-church pastor TD Jakes, and a book about a 4-year-old view who allegedly “visited Heaven” when he died on an operating table, has taken the nation by storm. Over and over, I have the same conversation. Someone will know that I’m a pastor and so must LOVE this enterprise, says, “I saw Heaven Is For Real last night. SUCH a good movie! I totally believe it!”

Then my face, which I imagine looks a bit like a boy being pinned down by his older sister and her friends for a “makeover,” launches us into a different discussion. Continue reading

When LeBron James Writes A Love Letter

I love the drama that comes with watching the sports world. The world cup this summer has been one of the most globally unifying events I can remember. Everyone was watching every match, and we here in the US don’t even know the first thing about Soccer (football, if you live anywhere else in the world).

Or take the olympics. Remember the 17.3 seconds when the Twitter world was up in arms because we would know the results of the events in London hours before they aired prime-time in the US? Remember how it then went on to be the most-watched sporting event in history because no one cares about the sports involved?

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“As You Wish,” Husbands Leading With A Purpose

[The following article was published in the June 8, 2014 edition of The Lookout. For more excellent reading, or to subscribe to The Lookout, click here.]

“Aaaas Yooooou Wiiiiiish!”

This was the cry of Westley (a.k.a. the Dread Pirate Roberts) after being pushed down a hill in The Princess Bride, the beloved 1987 film by Rob Reiner. His long unrequited love, Buttercup, had pushed him over the edge; she had yet to discover that this Pirate who had taken her captive was, in fact, her long lost love and stable boy, Westley.

Decades after being introduced to this movie, “as you wish” still strikes me as a pretty good statement of love and commitment. Continue reading

Poolside Purity & Bikini Battles

Here we go again. It’s summer time, which means at any given time, in any number of churches nationwide, pastors, youth pastors and leaders are giving their kids (read: their female students) the “one-piece” talk.

A few years back at our church, some students actually petitioned our pastor to include Tankinis. It was a big win for preteens everywhere. I imagine they sat by the pool that summer in their tankinis and drank virgin daiquiris to celebrate. Continue reading

How Do I Become “Saved?”

[This week’s posts will be a continuation of a recent sermon at Adventure Christian Church, based on questions members submitted to our leaders. Some answers were not addressed from the stage and will be covered here as a supplement. Check out the live answers here.]

It happens all over our country, in many different contexts. Pastors who have a genuine heart for reaching the lost tell their audience or congregation to be saved by simply “accepting Christ into their hearts.” Continue reading