Finding Your Life Through Denying It

Jesus once said that we must deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow him.  Sorry Jesus, but I am going to pass on this one. I would rather follow you from a distance and not up close if it means that I am on my way to death or worse than death -... Continue Reading →

What To Do When Someone Offends You

I was recently at an anniversary celebration for a church. A video was shown with members of the church talking about their experiences and what the church has meant to them. One couple talked about how they had been there from the early days. The wife mentioned that they almost left the church twice. Then... Continue Reading →

The Legacy of A Ragamuffin

Singer-songwriter Rich Mullins died 25 years ago last month. His death is still mourned and his music is still celebrated.  Mullins’ music possessed texture, broad themes, bold cultural statements, beautiful melodies and pleasant instrumentation; but more than anything else, his music was a spiritual work surfacing from a voice and an artist that Christians and... Continue Reading →

Men Need To Grow Up

Men’s ministry is full of examples pushing masculine things such as eating meat that someone hunted and killed, smoking cigars, starting a fire, or playing golf. There is nothing wrong with these things and men need to find more ways to connect and build community with other men but doing these things with a little... Continue Reading →

The Jesus Beyond Belief

Jesus wants followers who live beyond a set of beliefs.  He wants followers who know him. He says, “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent”  When I know someone, I know what their interests are and what they are prone to... Continue Reading →

A Major Opportunity Inside Our Churches

Every Christian must have a Grow Up Mindset, as we discussed last week. A Grow Up mindset is one where the Christian embraces the chance to cultivate their Christlikeness no matter the work or sacrifice needed.  Today, I want to show how Jesus encouraged and taught his followers to have a Grow Up mindset. The... Continue Reading →

A Major Problem Inside Our Churches

There is a problem in our churches that goes far beyond poor doctrine, secular influence, and weak leadership. This problem is the Christian fixed mindset. What is the Christian fixed mindset? These Christians don’t see their Christian faith as a means to change, transformation, or growth. They approach God to help change their circumstances or... Continue Reading →

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