When we're young we look forward to birthdays. They are filled with parties, sleep overs, gifts and friends. The older we get, the more they change. Today is my 35th birthday. The last several weeks have been filled with opportunities to think about where I've been, where I am and where I go from here. … Continue reading If 35 year old me could talk to 25 year old me
I was looking through some boxes I have in storage tonight. At times, looking through old stuff can be fun. You find things that you haven't seen in years. It brings back great memories. On the other hand, looking through old stuff can stir up old stuff that hurts. Tonight, I found an old Moleskin … Continue reading Looking Back and Looking Forward
I came across a writing by Dietrich Bonhoeffer this morning that read like this: Discipleship means adherence to Christ. I know the definition of adherence but I wanted to look it up to be precise. Dictionary.com defines adherence in one of the possibilities as "attachment." When I think about discipleship, this is the picture I … Continue reading Discipleship
I was reminded today of a question I heard Mark Batterson ask back in May. He said, "When was the last time you confessed the smallness of your dreams?" He later said, "We find ourselves in danger when we start doing ministry out of memory instead of imagination." Dreams are important. God has always given … Continue reading Dreaming
There is much discussion these days of the tension between mission and discipleship. Where do you fall? Which way do you feel the tension pulling you? This is a question that started burning in my heart about 5 or 6 years ago. At that time I was serving at a church as their worship leader, … Continue reading Feel the Tension?
While on the East Coast last week, I was reminded the importance of my time with God. As a leader, I often get too caught up in the time other people are spending with God and not caught up enough in my own time with God. As the leader of the discipleship ministry, I can … Continue reading Seeking God