The One True Church (Doesn’t Guilt or Hurt Others)

I made a friend a couple of years ago. Before I knew it she became a Jesus follower and, within the past year, has already read the entire Bible and is starting it again. She is kind, good, and passionate about her walk. She loves others well and does what she can to serve. She […]

Responding to the Loving Voice of God

“If I disobey, God will burn me for it.”   That was more or less what my grandfather — a self-described “West Texas Gospel Preacher” in the Churches of Christ — said to me in the doorway of my parents’ home in my mid-twenties.  He had visited my parents’ house over the holidays to admonish us […]

Jesus for 2020?

I added a frame to my Facebook profile recently proudly stating Jesus for 2020. And then it got me thinking, am I serious about that?  It sounds really good but what if it means: doing away with the death penalty and dissolving our military and defense programs because I’ll be too busy loving my enemies […]

Jesus Loves You, This I Know

What’s your favorite worship song? Lately, mine has been ‘Jesus Loves Me’. I sing it on Sundays and Wednesdays with kids who know it well and during the week with kids who are learning the words. Anna Bartlett Warner wrote the poem that was put to music sometime around 1862 and it quickly became a […]

When the Women Pray

I’ll never forget the first time I heard a woman pray in a public setting. I stood in a large room at a kid’s event with my young family and, without warning, a woman who had been giving instructions for the day begin to pray for our meal. I barely heard a word she said. […]

Exploding Oatmeal Grace!

Photo by MILKOVÍ on Unsplash  (The following was originally published last year as a monthly column in the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, MS–I’ve made a few minor edits…Happy Thanksgiving to all! LFjr) At one point in my journey to become a published author, I was introduced to and subsequently retained a literary agent. His job was […]

The Rebellion of Father’s Day

Another Father’s Day is upon us and I can’t help but think of my dad and his rebellious lifestyle: As a popular high-school football player he decided to spend his life telling others about Jesus. As a young preacher he switched pulpits with one of his close friends, a young, African American preacher. In the […]

A Call to Worship in the Face of Fear

I drove my seventeen year old to school the other morning. I haven’t been able to do that since she got her driver’s license so it was a nice reminder of how life used to be. About a mile from the school we saw the banners reminding us that going to school is not a casual […]

What Do We Know of Holy

  A young woman preaches grace and truth and receives death threats from other Christians. College students are hurt by their school and then wounded even more on social media by other Christians. A preacher spends weeks agonizing over a sermon, praying it will bring glory to God and encourage the Kingdom only to be […]

What You Have To Do

  I received this note from a kid at school the other day. I especially like the second line. “I love God and Jesus so you have to love God and Jesus.” I can hear her attitude loud and clear and it cracks me up. This sweet, innocent child of God has some bad theology […]

Disponible

“It’s not our ability that will make a difference in the lives of others. It’s our availability.” -Phil Sanders   I was blessed to spend a week in Mexico recently.  My group of seven from Western Kentucky joined with a group from the Sunset International Bible Institute’s Adventure in Missions program (my all-time favorite ministry […]

Guest Writer: Christiana Muir

Rooting Yourself in Belovedness   I struggle with perfectionism; not so much that life needs to be perfect, but moreso that I need to be. I’m not really sure when or where it all began, but somehow someway I developed the mindset that my worth was directly connected to my ability to be “good enough”. […]

What is a Strong Woman?

A strong woman feeds the hungry, gives to the needy, and visits the sick and imprisoned even when it’s unpopular and uncomfortable. She accepts her body, her age, and her shortcomings with dignity and gives herself permission not to be perfect. She speaks, tweets, texts, and posts words of grace from her pulpits and playgrounds knowing […]

Who is my Neighbor?

    I was trying to get the attention of one of the kids at school the other day but the student wasn’t responding. At first, I thought he was in his own little world. Then as I said his name a bit louder, I decided he was flat out ignoring me. As I got […]

Multiple Personalities Live Here!

The Resurrection & Grace. Grace & the Resurrection. I am currently preaching through the letter to Galatians on Sunday mornings. A long time ago I was captivated by a series of messages by Rick Atchley called We Be Free. I was so captivated that I listened and transcribed every single one of them—and then developed […]

The Write-Off

Yes, I know this months theme for Wineskins is about Casting a Biblical Vision for Healthy Sexuality. Rebel that I am, I am not writing about sex… However, the following has something to say about a healthy spirituality and that does have an impact on every facet of life, including the sexuality God created… It’s everybody’s favorite […]