Faith (sharing our part in God’s story)

As a writer, I appreciate the image of God as the Author of Life. I know He has written a specific story for me, a story that is just one thread in a rich tapestry of colorful stories, a story that He loves revealing to me, one page at a time.

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Programs and people

People and Programs

She didn't like our church the first time she visited. She was used to something a little more pentecostal, a little more charismatic, perhaps a little more emotional. Living Springs was, ya know, okay, but she didn't think she'd come back. But then her husband, a new Christian, told her how much he liked it. He [...]

Why I’m not going to invite my neighbors to church

invite my neighbors

"Church" has so many connotations for people—and so many of them are negative. I could invite my neighbors to my church. I could spend time reassuring them that my church is different, better, more relevant, less judgmental…but why should I? How about if I just be different, better, more interested, and less judgmental myself? It's [...]

Assumptions undo outreach


The first time Millie (not her real name) came over to my house, she brought a bottle of wine. This surprised me a little because I had made some assumptions about her. I had assumed she was Dutch. And therefore conservative. And therefore more comfortable judging other people's drinking than imbibing herself. As Millie and I and three [...]

Too much leadership


I do believe that the spiritual gift of leadership is important for churches. But sometimes I feel like churches who spend so much time and money on "raising up leaders" would be better off if they helped those new leaders develop some administrative gifts as well. Think about it. Do we really need more people [...]

Church and football

church and football

My friend and mentor, Steve Elzinga, started a church near his home when he lived in Illinois. He called his church Halftime. At the time, I thought that was a stupid name for a church. I mean, I get that he was trying to speak the language of the guys in his neighborhood, and I [...]

Churches: What kind of Bible study do you really want your people in?

Bible study

Last night I met with a young disciple who told me she believes in God, and she believes He has a plan for her life, but she doesn't know how to discover that plan, so she asked for my help. She told me her story. She told me about her search for spiritual answers. She told [...]

Digital obituary options

Digital obituary options thumbnail

Last week's post raised the question of what I should do with my digital assets after I die. And no, I still don't have a satisfactory answer to that question. But a related issue is this: How do you let your online friends know when you've passed on? Your online friends might be people you've never met in [...]

[Story break] Random questions

questions of faith

Is it possible to be humble and passionate at the same time? So often, when I feel strongly about something, I don't come across as particularly humble. What would it look like to be passionate without losing a sense of humility? Is it a sin to be impatient? Are there times when impatience is appropriate? [...]


poetry writing

My trembling voice chokes faints, intimidated by the grand chorus. Swept by the swell of elegance, I stand shamed swirled awed into a a a a a silence.... Such a harmony! of light and sound. Winged words soar delicately while I can only limp on feet of clay; the tremulous music pierces, leaving my heart [...]


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