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Love God Supremely; Love Others Deeply (What I’ve Learned in 15 Years of Pastoring, pt. 5)

In this series, I’m considering some things that I’ve learned while pastoring over the last 15 years. You can check out the previous posts and a series introduction here: Part 1: Not everybody will like you, and that’s okay. Part 2: Pray for people and let them know that you’re praying for them. Part 3: Discipleship is easy, yet hard. Part 4: Encourage your wife to serve where she feels led In this post, we’ll consider Lesson #5: Make your vision, purpose, and mission to lead people to love God ...
Tags: Church, Religion, Christianity, Faith, Jesus, God, Christian, Matthew, Gospel, Ministry, SBC, Baptist, Great Commission, Southern Baptist, Pastor, Pastors


When the Doctor has Hard News: How to Live & Love

Sarah Williams  is extraordinary. You could say she had it all –  a happy marriage, a secure post as an Oxford professor, two healthy children. But it would be her third child – someone who would never have credentials, health, or success, who would teach her what it truly means to be human. Meet Cerian, whose birth day was also her death day, and whose wisdom and perfection live on to teach us all. Sarah wrote of this journey in her new book, Perfectly Human: Nine Months with Cerian. Her word...
Tags: Books, Death, Children, Religion, Guest Posts, Oxford, Faith, Sarah, Oxfordshire, PAUL, Sarah Williams, Vancouver Canada, Mrs Williams, Sarah C Williams, Cerian Welsh, Cerian


Be Faithful to God in Little Things

Holy Scripture has said two things that may convince us of the importance of faithfulness in little things: “He that despises small things,” we are told, “shall fall by little and little.” And our Lord Jesus Christ said, “He that is faithful in that which is least shall be faithful also in that which is greater.” We see from the first passage that the neglect of little things exposes us infallibly to great falls; and from the second, that fidelity in little things ensures our fidelity in great t...
Tags: Featured, Religion, Faith, God, Jesus Christ, Faith & Spirituality, Sophia Excerpts, Spiritual Life


How to Crush Much Anxiety this Year

T here are birds at the feeders, chickadees. What is the answer to much anxiousness? They flit nervous. Oh, yeah — do I get that. I watch the light out in the trees, the way it falls across the walls. Across the calendar and these mushrooming to-do lists and yeah, go ahead, try to remember to breathe. John Calvin and I remember the year we were four. The year I was four, my sister was crushed under the wheels of a truck in our driveway. That’s my first memory, the day Aimee was killed. Fea...
Tags: Hope, Religion, Faith, Fear, Christ, Journaling, Calvin, Aimee, Joshua, John Calvin, Doing Thanks, 1000Gifts, Free Tools, William J Bouwsma


The Power of Welcome: Helping Our Kids Choose Love over Fear

You are welcome here. Those words disarm us. We can let our guards down and feel safe when we feel welcome. But we live in a world that is nervous about welcoming others, about risking comfort and security. Kent Annan will tell you to take the risk: choose love over fear. He beautifully describes the power of “welcome” in this story about his son who asks, “Are we for or against them?” We are for them and welcome them, Kent shows, because as the title of his book reminds us, when we welcome o...
Tags: Books, Family, Florida, Love, Religion, Syria, Guest Posts, Faith, Fear, Jesus, Kent, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Annan, Mafraq Jordan, InterVarsity Press


Interfaith Leaders Implore Trump, McConnell and Pelosi to End Shutdown

From the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia:   January 15, 2019 Love your neighbor as yourself.” –  Leviticus 19:18 “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” – Matthew 7:12 Allah says in the Qur’an as translated: “Fulfill the measure and weight and do not deprive people of their due and cause not corruption upon the earth after its reformation.” – Al-A`raf 7:85 “God’s grace and love can be experienced when one cares for the poor and the destitute.” – Guru Nanak, Sikh scriptures ...
Tags: Politics, Maryland, Washington, Government, Virginia, Religion, Immigration, America, Border, Faith, Donald Trump, Shutdown, Matthew, Trump, Pelosi, McConnell


Faith is NOT a Gift from God (Ephesians 2:8)

Some teach that faith is a work of God performed in the heart or mind of a person. Another way of saying this is that faith is a gift from God to the heart of human beings. Those who hold to this view say that God gives faith to those whom He has chosen for eternal life. There are three reasons that some people teach that faith is a gift of God. People are Dead and Trespasses and Sins, and so Cannot Believe First, some believe that since unregenerate people are “dead in trespasses and sins” (...
Tags: Php, Z, Faith, Jesus, John, Corinthians, Jesus Christ, PAUL, One Verse, Redeeming Scripture, One Verse Podcast, Redeeming Theology, Ephesians 2:8-9, What Is Faith, Ephesians 2:8, Faith Is Not A Gift


Sabbath-ing Reminds Us That Jesus Is Our Rest

2018 was supposed to be my year of rest. I knew it back in January when I asked Him what my word for the year was. He whispered it urgently, Rest. Like Sarah of old, I wanted to laugh inside, to hide. Rest? How? But as always, He knows just what we need. And deep inside, deeper than the laughter and the doubt, I knew it was true. Exhaustion had driven me to the point of headaches and little mistakes and once or twice, even feeling unsafe while driving. Running on empty had emptied me. I wanted t...
Tags: New York, Inspiration, Rest, Faith, Jesus, John, Taylor, Sarah, East Side, Sabbath, Jesus Himself, Mama, Sydney Taylor, Shabbat Shalom, Laura Costea


On Weighing the Risks and Plans that Fail

If you see a small creature scampering in the woods or along a path during winter, you can bet the little guy has weighed the pros and cons of being seen. In my own corner of the Colorado pines, I don’t often see chipmunks this time of year. Painted black stripe across his back, the chipmunk leans towards sleeping more to conserve energy so his tiny self outlasts winter. In his underground home, his heartbeat can go from 350 beats a minute to a barely-there fifteen beats. On a warmer day he migh...
Tags: Family, Colorado, Trust, Inspiration, Risk, Disappointment, Faith, Jesus, Pain, New Year, Doubt, Dreams, Seasons, Surrender, New Beginnings, Encouragement


Crazy, Stressed Days Need This Life Plan: A Manifesto to Stay Sane

S o I’m a mess and we’re all failures — at least all the honest of us are. And the truth is, no one ever runs before they take baby steps.  So I scratch down these 25 points, like my own sanity manifesto, and there are a thousand different ways in a thousand seasons to make a life glorify God. I scrawl out mine, which would be different than most wayfarers and sojourners, who knows, but I make a place for it on the fridge and it’s not a law, but a scaffolding for the shaky, struggling days. I d...
Tags: Family, Hope, Religion, Jerusalem, Faith, Jesus, Michael Phelps, Abraham, Vincent Van Gogh, Nehemiah, Free Tools


Discipleship is Easy and Hard (What I’ve Learned in 15 Years of Pastoring, pt. 3)

In this series, I’m considering some things that I’ve learned while pastoring over the last 15 years. You can check out the first lesson and a series introduction here: Part 1: Not everybody will like you, and that’s okay. Part 2: Pray for people and let them know that you’re praying for them. In this post, we’ll consider Lesson #3: Discipleship is easy yet hard because you have to constantly battle mission drift. Before I became a pastor, I had been involved in two churches. One lacked much of ...
Tags: Church, Religion, Christianity, Faith, Jesus, God, Christian, SBC, Southern Baptist, Pastor, Pastors, Discipleship, Pastoring, Finance Committees Flower Committees Ushers, VBSes Awana


Teeth prove women helped produce 8th-century religious manuscripts

It turns out medieval religious manuscripts were not exclusively the domain of male monks. Fleck of a rare gemstone pigment in fossilized teeth prove women were involved in the making of religious manuscripts. We'll never see these exquisite books the same way again. Surviving medieval religious manuscripts can be quite beautiful, with impeccable calligraphy and adorned with intricately detailed and brightly colorful illustrations. By and large, their authors remain unknown, and they've been as...
Tags: Art, Books, Gender, History, Afghanistan, Christianity, Innovation, Faith, Salzburg, Radini, Anita Radini, Fleck, Max Planck Institute, Ancient World, Badakshan, Alison Beach


Rare gemstone particles found in an 8th-century nun's mouth shatter a historical misconception

It turns out medieval religious manuscripts were not exclusively the domain of male monks. Fleck of a rare gemstone pigment in fossilized teeth prove women were involved in the making of religious manuscripts. We'll never see these exquisite books the same way again. Surviving medieval religious manuscripts can be quite beautiful, with impeccable calligraphy and adorned with intricately detailed and brightly colorful illustrations. By and large, their authors remain unknown, and they've been as...
Tags: Art, Books, Gender, History, Afghanistan, Christianity, Innovation, Faith, Salzburg, Radini, Anita Radini, Fleck, Max Planck Institute, Ancient World, Badakshan, Alison Beach


Whoa, who saw that coming?

Whoa, who saw that one coming?  Nick Saban’s teams do not catch a beatdown very often.  The Alabama fans didn’t see it coming.  They moaned and wailed every time Clemson scored, and sounded like they were on the Titanic.  (People dying from hypothermia is not funny, but the sounds emanating from my television were akin to the sounds from James Cameron’s epic) Dabo Swinney didn’t see it coming.  Did you see his face at the post game interview?  Guy looked like he just won the powerball jackpot. D...
Tags: Tim Tebow, Church, Religion, Sports, Alabama, Bible, Culture, Social Issues, Iowa, Christianity, Fca, Faith, SEC, Jesus, Truth, God


The Secret to Freedom — and it’s not what you’d expect

A brief conversation with her husband changed the trajectory of her life when he told her, “You don’t make our house a place I want to come home to.” Wendy Pope faced two choices: take the words to the God who loved her, or let the words take root in her heart and sprout bitter resentment toward the man she loved. In trusting God with the painful words, He taught her the life-changing disciplines of Yes to God which cultivates trust in God, No to Self that invites revelation from God, and Maybe...
Tags: Books, Family, Religion, Guest Posts, Faith, Jesus, North Carolina, Facetime, Christ, Wendy, Scott, Luke, Carolinas, David C Cook, Daddy, Eucharistic Living


A world map of Virgin Mary apparitions

For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too. None The divine is supernatural, but religion is very much of this world. The way people worship even has an impact on their physical surroundings. Here's a telltale sign that y...
Tags: Europe, Mexico, France, Germany, Nazis, Africa, Israel, Church, Religion, Americas, Jerusalem, Eu, Spain, European Union, Ukraine, Rome


A world map of Marian apparitions

For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too. None The divine is supernatural, but religion is very much of this world. The way people worship even has an impact on their physical surroundings. Here's a telltale sign that y...
Tags: Europe, Mexico, France, Germany, Nazis, Africa, Israel, Church, Religion, Americas, Jerusalem, Eu, Spain, European Union, Ukraine, Rome


How to Live When You Don’t Know How Much Time You’ve Got  [Pt. 1]

Y eah, who knows how long we’ve got? Somebody answer us that. Somebody get up on your tipsy soapbox and wring just that out of a grimy, holy world. Tell us that we’ve got more than a few days — tell us — how long have we got. Joy Prouty Maybe if you told us that we had ten whole spins around the sun left, we’d be duped into thinking there was time to fritter away the breathing with flipping channels or flipping fingers or flipping lids, as if that ever made the living better instea...
Tags: Religion, Faith, Haiti, Gratitude, 1000Gifts, Joy Prouty


How to Take a You-Turn When Your Marriage and Close Relationships Veer Off-Course

Who hasn’t let unmet expectations with a friend or loved one go unattended until a once-revved relationship slowly stalls? All the more tempting is dodging conflict in the interest of maintaining a peaceful homelife, when the “friend or loved one” is our spouse. Which is why I’m grateful for Kimberly Miller’s real-life example of how she and her husband used a breakthrough approach that I have personally adopted to grow through conflict rather than allowing it to curb their marriage. Kim’s pass...
Tags: Books, Love, Religion, Guest Posts, Harvard University, Faith, Jesus, Kim, Central America, Ken, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Thomas Nelson, Kimberly Miller, Restoring Wonder, Kimberly J Miller


When Your Marriage & Close Relationships Veer: How to Take a You-Turn

Who hasn’t let unmet expectations with a friend or loved one go unattended until a once-revved relationship slowly stalls? All the more tempting is dodging conflict in the interest of maintaining a peaceful homelife, when the “friend or loved one” is our spouse. Which is why I’m grateful for Kimberly Miller’s real-life example of how she and her husband used a breakthrough approach that I have personally adopted to grow through conflict rather than allowing it to curb their marriage. Kim’s pass...
Tags: Books, Love, Religion, Guest Posts, Harvard University, Faith, Jesus, Kim, Central America, Ken, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Thomas Nelson, Kimberly Miller, Restoring Wonder, Kimberly J Miller


What I’ve Learned in 15 Years of Pastoring, pt. 1

It’s a new year, yet again—2019. These things seem to keep moving faster and faster. As the calendar turns, I close in on a ministry milestone: Fifteen years being a pastor (with nearly nine of those in my current church). On the one hand, there’s still plenty of youth reflected in that number; still plenty of things to learn before I even sniff the tenure of guys who have been doing this for a long while (like Dave Miller, who purportedly learned from Paul in person). Yet, there are still convi...
Tags: Church, Religion, Christianity, Faith, Spirit, Jesus, God, Christian, Christ, PAUL, Pastor, Pastors, Dave Miller, Local Church Ministry, Pastor & His Family


The Most Important Skill that Your 2019 Really Needs

S pun.  Some guy with a mullet and loud voice had lobbed that one word my way. In all his 1989 wisdom, he had flicked his feathered hair back and snorted over a soggy cheeseburger in our hick town high school cafeteria and said: “Yeah, that girl is right spun.” 2019 dawns here now. And it turns out that the prophet with the mullet has a point: I’m sorta spun – spun out by kids, by demands, by needs, by life. The calendar fills like a pothole in a torrential gulley washer of a downpo...
Tags: Family, Hope, Religion, Faith, Jesus, Christ, Mount Everest, Corinthians, Gratitude, MSG, Christ Jesus, Ignatius, Restoring Wonder, Seeing God, Christ He, Jesus Rest


Who would have thought the history of a monastic hairstyle could be so interesting?

For close to two thousand years, holy men from across the wide spectrum of the Christianity have rocked a completely or entirely shaved head--a hairstyle called a tonsure. A tonsure marked those that wore it as adherents to various monastic and priestly orders and, in some cases, were a symbol of controversy in the early Catholic church as opposing factions within it fought for legitimacy. This brief video from Vox outlines the history of the haircut, what it means and why it survived in a ra...
Tags: Post, Video, News, Religion, Christianity, Faith, Vox, A little off the top please, Monastic Tradition, Tonsure


How religion turned American politics into a bizarre anti-science spectacle

In the last 30 years, religion has radicalized American politics and seriously harmed the perception of science, says journalist and author Kurt Andersen. This can be directly tied to the rise of the Christian Right in the 20th century. To see this, you only have to look at the response to the same question posed to Republican presidential candidates over three election cycles, from 2008 to 2016: "Do you believe in Darwinian biological evolution?" In 2008, the majority answered yes. In 2012, the...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Science, Religion, America, Innovation, Faith, Jeb Bush, Andersen, Christian Right, Kurt Andersen, Science and Religion


Plants Grow in the Dark

I do not know why Some plants grow In the sun, and some In the shadows, But I do know They still grow. Morgan Harper Nichols A long, rectangular patch of dirt runs along the side of our house. It’s a garden, but no one would call it that at the moment. Pine needles lie like a blanket on top of the soil, an old kale plant stands tall, yellow, and bare, and rusty tools lean on each other in a corner. It will stay as is for the rest of winter, but when the weather warms up, this patch of dirt will ...
Tags: California, Inspiration, Faith, Plants, Growth, Dark, Seasons, Encouragement, Morgan Harper Nichols


Before ‘Then They Came for Me,’ There Was Christmas Eve 1944. Here’s How a Sermon in a Nazi Camp Signaled a New Moral Voice

Martin Niemöller's sermon in Dachau was a symbolic step forward
Tags: News, Holidays, Uncategorized, Faith, Dachau, Martin Niemöller


The Miracle Story All Your Hopes & Fears Need: The Miracle of the Mop Lady in Bethlehem

I stood in Bethlehem once. There were stars unblinking in their brave hope, right there over that little town of Bethlehem. I’d stood there, my neck craning, for a long time, right outside the Church of the Nativity, looking up with a holy imagination and prayers that deeply know that He’s the realest reality. No matter what any outcome… Hope always still comes. And then I’d finally turned and bent low to walk into the Church of the Nativity — because there is no finding Hope until you humbl...
Tags: Hope, Religion, Christmas, Noah, Faith, Humility, Jesus, God, Christ, Grace, Church Of The Nativity, Bethlehem, Advent, Mary, Cosmos, Himself


30% of children received trust issues from 'Santa'

New survey looks at how former children feel about being lied to by parents about Santa. 72 percent of former believers keep the Santa myth alive for their own kids. At press time, about 1,200 people have taken the survey. "During the last two years I have been overwhelmed by people getting in touch to say they were affected by the lack of trust involved when they discovered Santa wasn't [SPOILER ALERT] real." These are the words of psychologist Chris Boyle of the University of Exeter in the...
Tags: Parenting, Children, Youth, Research, Innovation, Storytelling, Faith, Morality, Santa, NICK, Rudolph, University of Exeter, Boyle, Mrs Claus, Chris Boyle, Kathy McKay


What is Great Faith and Little Faith? (Matthew 8:10; 15:28; Luke 7:9)

If faith is best understood as reasonable certainty then this means that we either believe something or we don’t. If we doubt something, then we don’t believe it. If we think of with each individual cell holding a single statement that we either agree with or not, then this means that there are no degrees of faith. You cannot have 10%, 50%, 90%, or even 99% faith. Each individual belief on the spreadsheet of faith is either “On” or “Off.” But if this is true, then what are we to make of the st...
Tags: Israel, Religion, Z, Faith, Jesus, Matthew, Jesus Christ, Centurion, Luke, Matt, Little Faith, Jesus Matt, One Verse, Redeeming Scripture, Redeeming Theology, What Is Faith


What Hanging Off the Edge of a Mountain Teaches Us About the Love of God

Years ago, Kendra Fletcher and I met as homeschooling bloggers. We both wrote about our homeschools, our faith, and our out-sized families. And we both soon found ourselves distracted by the many promises that legalism makes. Somehow, if we homeschooled this way and parented that way and did church this way, we would find that God was really pleased with our good works and might love us better for it. Since then, we can both say we’re deeply grateful for God’s faithful work to undo our own atte...
Tags: Books, California, Religion, Guest Posts, Faith, Jesus, God, John, Ansel Adams, Royal, Pacific Ocean, Christ, Conversations, Robbins, El Capitan, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK