The Gospel in a Word is “Love”

Love. For the past six months we have been drinking deeply from the Epistles of 1-2 John in the rarefied air of the Rocky Mountains. The apostle wastes not an iota on trivia. The teaching that John stresses, in the starkest terms possible, is often barely acknowledged in Christian circles. The eternality of the Incarnation […]

Revealing Weakness, Finding Strength

A woman came up to me recently and told me she really enjoyed my sermons but “I wish you weren’t so negative about yourself. You cut yourself down too much.” I’m not so sure she had a valid point (in churches, as in stores, the customer is not always right) but I knew to what […]

One Simple Question Regarding Vulnerability and Authenticity in Congregations

There are many “one anothers” that we hesitate to practice because we don’t like tension, anxiety and uncomfortability that comes with making yourself vulnerable in front of others…expressing your true/authentic self. As much as we are about doing things in Bible ways it is rare that you find churches openly confessing sins one to another. […]

My Dirty Laundry Is Showing

I just completed my first full month of preaching at the Lake Harbour Drive Church of Christ. I still find it hard to imagine. After all the pain, hurt, anger, frustration, and humiliation, I find it so hard to believe my current situation is real. And yet here I am. On the last Sunday of […]

Losing Our Young People Due to the Weak/Strong Switcharoo

Paul tells us something in Romans 15 that I believe is central to why we have lost our young people, We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. 2 Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. 3 For even Christ […]

Weakness: A Driving Force in Ministry

In 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 Paul writes, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in […]

July’s Theme – Vulnerability and Authenticity

Spirituality and spiritual growth thrives in environments where vulnerability and authenticity are fostered. While not every single environment can or should be purposed for times of things like confession or accountability, the problem is, many churches don’t emphasize or provide any space or a culture where vulnerability and authenticity are safe or encouraged outside the […]

Book Review: Randy Harris’ “Life Work: Confessions of an Everyday Disciple”

Life Work comes on the heels of Harris’ previous works, “God Work” and “Soul Work.” Just as “God Work” was wonderfully helpful in connecting our theology to the local church context, and “Soul Work” aptly invited Christians to dwell with God through spiritual disciplines, now “Life Work” provides a framework for building a way of […]