A Force to be Reckoned With

For years I’ve been at odds the with Proverbs 31 woman. To be honest, the way she has been preached as the over-achiever role model for all women, simply drives me crazy. What if I do not get up before dawn, or make a profit to buy an investment, or make my own bedspreads, or ...

I’ve Never Been This Way Before

Like you I am a bit giddy at the prospect of beginning again. I look forward to the freshness and possibilities that the New Year offers. There is something about being given a clean slate…a do-over or “reboot” in our lives. Unlike many of you I’ve not yet set any goals. Much of what is ...

A Surprising Wholeness

“If the Lord had not been for us”…Psalm 124 Yesterday, as I pondered by these words, my mind retraced the many times God has literally saved my life. A home break-in. A mountain climbing slip. Running blind in the dark. A high-speed car accident. If the Lord had not been for me…wow. I thought of ...

For Those Who Lead: A Training Resource

I am excited to announce a new ministry training resource for busy leaders! There are a lots of good leadership resources out there. Yet, as a leader of leaders or manager of a team, with the normal demands of and energy, the prospect of wading through all the leadership books and strategies and compiling a ...

Coming to Grips With Perfectionism

“I’m not perfect, you know.” She squinted her eyes a bit with exasperation in your voice. As if I thought she should be. Often such a statement has to do with the mistaken belief that the spiritual life is a static state of moral and virtuous personal achievement. Claiming we are not perfect is a ...

Leading From Our Brokenness

Yesterday I chatted with a lady new to our church. She commented that when she was on the leadership team at her previous church, it was difficult to continually “stay strong,” to always “have it all together,” and to always remain upbeat. I have a hunch it was also exhausting. “I probably lead from a ...

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Dyings and Risings

C.S. Lewis wrote: “Nothing that has not died will be resurrected.” “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it (Matthew 16:25). This statement by Jesus is one of the great paradoxical realities of Kingdom living: that in dying we find new life. It’s not ...

7 Ways to Breathe Life into Your Bible Reading

With Christmas behind us, our thoughts now turn toward the New Year. You are probably like and me and love the idea of new beginnings. January 1 offers us an opportunity to draw a line and start over. We all desire a way to begin again. Typically, we look at all the ways we want ...

Crazy Joy!

Choose joy! We hear it all the time. In this way, we often think of joy as simply a choice we make. It’s where we are in control; we muster up the strength, gather all our internal resources and make a cognitive decision…and “will” our way to joy. Choosing can only take us so far. ...

This is Advent

I am mindful that this year Advent begins against a sweeping backdrop of pain and brokenness. It seems there are few places in our world that have not been touched by violence and injustice. And our hearts ache. Sometimes the ache feels unbearable. Our first and most basic reaction is to silence or dull the ...