Helping people is hard to do. Before you even start, it takes a lot of maturity to actually want to help people in need, because it means taking something that you have (whether money, time, resources, energy, whatever) and giving it to someone else who needs it. But then it’s even hard to know how to help: you don’t want to help out the “wrong” way, and you certainly don’t want to make things worse. So what do you do?
One young adult Christian laments, “The most frustrating part of being a Millennial is that my church does not understand me.” Yikes! Is it even possible to understand them? (Hint: Yes! And we’re in a good position to do it.)
While I usually don’t like to reduce the awesome, wondrous, mysterious ways that God works into a sound byte, there is one piece of such “bumper sticker theology” that is a good reminder of truth for us: “God is not an ATM machine.” So often we treat God solely as the Great Giver in the […]
You never know when God’s Holy Spirit will move. You never know who it will move through. It might be the person you least expect in a place you’d least expect.. But surely not the checkout line at the grocery store, right?
There’s a new book out called Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore. It examines why average church attendance in America has been continually dropping for decades. So what can we do about it? Should it bother us? And how can we make our church one that is alive with the Holy Spirit?
Our lives will be better the more we follow Jesus. We know that and we say it, but it’s actually hard to put it into practice because the way of Jesus is totally different from the rest of the world. For the first people who followed Jesus, his disciples, he called them to a life […]
If there’s one thing we know about the Pharisees, is that they were the bad guys, right?… Well, maybe not so much. We step into murky waters when we start to label a person or group as “bad” just because we disagree with them. Even the Pharisees were trying really hard to follow God’s rules; they […]
The book of Colossians says, “Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him” (Col 2:6). Oh okay… but that means we need to know about how we “received” Jesus, and then figure out how to “live in him.” That is the lifelong process of growth and spiritual maturity […]
I totally agree: In a time of extraordinary transformation, small churches are a resource and a gift to the wider church. They are the ones best-prepared to enter the way of revitalization and renewal, and to report back to those who will follow. That quote comes from this article, which also says that “small churches […]
It’s hard to believe, but as I write this, one year ago today I was writing my very first pastor’s column for the church newsletter, and I had only been on the job for 2 weeks. I was still trying to learn everyone’s name at that point! Here’s what I wrote in the opening paragraph […]
Page 7 of 8