Most of the time we want to see God do things immediately. It feels more dramatic when something happens in a moment rather than over a period of time. It appears that God is more involved when deliverance is instantaneous. But that is not always the case. As I was reading the book of Deuteronomy [...]
Yesterday, January 17, at about 11:15 in the morning, an F-1 tornado came right across the campus of New Life Church. Thankfully—and, I think miraculously—no one was injured and we sustained only minor damage to the property. One glass door was shattered as the wind sucked the glass out as if it had been shot [...]
What if we don’t see death accurately? What if it’s totally different than anything we’ve ever dreamed?
As we move into the new year, many people make plans for how they are going to grow this year. John Maxwell and others encourage people to develop what they call “Growth Plans” which include vision statements, concrete and measurable goals, as well as simple, practical steps to take towards these goals. I think, in [...]
Everyone knows what has historically been referred to as “the problem of evil.” The argument goes something like this: If God exists, then He is by definition all-good and all-powerful. If God is all-powerful, then He has the power to stop evil. If God is all-good, then He would want to stop all evil. Yet, [...]
A Call for renewing the mind, replenishing the soul and releasing the Spirit!
Eugene Peterson tells a hilarious story about his first convert. It’s probably not a model for us, but you have to admit you’ve wanted to do this.
The buzz around the Parish house last night and today is the NFL draft. I think that’s what happens when you have 4 sons – you discuss, debate, and pretty much second guess every draft decision , while eating pizza and playing tackle football in the living room. (NOTE: my wife is in Canada visiting [...]
Today has me reflecting again on the events and meaning of Good Friday. This year is particularly reflective for my family as it was Good Friday one year ago that my Grandmother, Judy Bruce, went to meet her Savior. (Incidentally, she died at almost exactly 3 in the afternoon, the same time Jesus may have [...]
What kind of story are you living?