Deep & Wide

Deep and wide, deep and wide, There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide… I remember singing this chorus over and over as a child at Okoboji Camp in Iowa. We would ensue with all the hand motions to fit and often sang it in a round. Who knew it would surface in my soul almost…

my job.

The last month or so I’ve spent a lot of my time meeting with other pastors and those who desire to be in full-time ministry. Our church is looking to add four pastors to our staff in various roles (more info here if you’re interested). While I’ve mostly been the one asking questions, I have…

Art of Worship

Music courses through me, words reverberating in, around and off my body. My voice joins the chorus of ‘The Church’ Singing with all our being… “You are my everything, and I will adore you.” In this moment, true worship rises up as a sweet and fragrant offering, A sacrifice of praise. What a beautiful picture.…

Church.

One Sunday, we decided to have church as a family. My original dream to join a local congregation here in Brazil was naïve. The idea of 2-3 hour service in Portuguese is not only painful for the kids but for me (and even Darla) as well. Our own services have been so fun. Each of…

Have you noticed that Christianity has lost brand appeal? You know, the whole Christian thing is sort of becoming like New Coke in the 1980’s. Now, I’m not going to play semantics and dive deep into discussion about the difference between Christianity and following Jesus. The fact remains, Christianity is taking some hard knocks lately.…

necessary.

A long, long time ago…or Once Upon A Time…well, whatever. About 800 years ago my friend St. Francis of Assisi supposedly spoke these words… Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words. This quote is commonly whipped out in conversation or philosophical debate to encounter the brazen, hell-fire-brimstone preachers we see depicted…

Churchlicated.

I don’t usually write about the church. I spend all day, most days thinking, praying, leading, shepherding and working in and for the local church. So, honestly to write about it in my free time is not real inspiring. That said, from time to time I can’t stay silent. Something creeps up over the back…