Have We Traded Our Humanity for Protection?

Over the days following the terrorist attacks in Paris, I have felt the same concerns, fears even, regarding the welcoming of thousands of Syrian refugees. Who can deny that this diaspora could include several of our enemies determined to shed blood within our borders?! Yet, our fear should not be what drives us…at least not those of us who follow Jesus. The rhetoric from those who oppose welcoming the refugees has been alarming. For generations, we have been a nation who has poured billions of our dollars into other nations as well as offered thousands of our sons and daughters lives around the...
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Salvation is Sloppy 1

Two Outlook Shifts to Help Established Churches Experience Change Here is something to test your local church culture for if you are interested in being a part of another persons story of faith: Suggest changes to either your worship setting, time, or structure. If you find much resistance or you even see people’s heads spin around and vomit green pea soup, you may want to keep reading. Chances are, you are part of a small church…200 or less in worship on Sunday. Statistically, most of the churches in the US are small churches and half the churches have less than 75 people on a Sunday. (A great...
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Just Shy of a Year Ago…

Just shy of a year ago, I experienced one of those days we all hear about but never expect to actually live through ourselves. What was to be a fun day on the lake with teens I had spent the previous fives years ministering to turned out to be a nightmarish tragedy. Through an unknowable set of circumstances, an electrical short at a boat dock electrocuted four of my precious teens while they were swimming. Two of them were able to climb out of the water with minimal help from the rest of us while the other two required rescue. Christina and Sarah eventually lay side by side on the dock as we...
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