One of the strongest hope-offers from God toward us is that of renewal. The trend which He anticipates for us is to be new day by day. Don’t you love the very thought? Such isn’t merely rote habitualizational church chatter. Rather, it is that profound hopeful element that drives us as a church upward and […]

Jesus Recycled Life

Be moved. Jesus took hate and hostility, the kind like our vengeance, by absorbing it into his own body. He then recycled it into love, mercy, and forgiveness. By his wounds—not his advice and not his theory—Jesus heals all of us. Go ahead. Lead with your fuming and spewing claims of unfairness. Blast away at […]

Walking By Faith

Faith is the world-changer intended for you, for me…for we. Anytime some form of the word “believe” is used, it is always from the base that some element is not existing at the moment; yet can become. Super-Natural! Faith seems to have lost its thrust as we toss it about nonchalantly as a spiritual term…without […]

What Should You Do When You Don’t Think You Are Enough?

I like Scott Adams’ book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big.  The reason is that it took me such a long time in ministry to learn God’s secret code for we believers.  Power is perfected in weakness (II Corinthians 12:9) was like a megaphonal announcement from God to me personally…that I […]


While society seems inundated with a call to success, many of us seem to be in the wishful hunt.  The very thought, though, remains exciting.  Who would wish to be otherwise?  To be a difference-maker; achieve victory. These can be driving forces.  I possessed such a hunger.  Why did it seem, however, that I had […]


Marvin Phillips was a common man lifted mightily by God to reach deeply into the recesses of the human heart.  He had a way…did he not…of connecting with every level and caliber of people.  And was that not the identical trek of Jesus?  Yes, it is the Suffering Servant who influenced this man to imagine […]

2015 Tulsa Workshop is Coming Up!

You cannot think your way into a new way of living. You have to live your way into a new way of thinking. Richard Rohr The Tulsa Workshop will open for year 40 at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds March 18, 2015. The three-day event will become a hub of excitement, renewal, and joy as Christians […]