Why I am NOT Thankful

Before you jump to the conclusion that I’m a reincarnate Ebenezer Scrooge, allow me to clarify what I mean by the admittedly misleading title of this post. The truth is, I like to think of myself as a thankful person. I’m sure that you do too… The problem is that I... read more

The Danger of Hospitality

Most churches employ some kind of intentional method to recognize, welcome, and host visitors. And they should. After all, hospitality is a biblical concept and ought to be practiced among God’s people everywhere, especially at the local church. Literally, the word... read more

Extravagant Worship

Few stories in the Word of God describe extravagant worship any more poignantly than that of the unnamed woman of Luke 7:36-50. Basically the story goes like this: Along with others, Jesus was invited to the home of a Pharisee named Simon. Consistent with the custom... read more

2 > 4

Unless you are completely mathematically challenged, the above equation ought to bother you. After all, even second graders know that the number 4 is greater than the number 2.  So let me readily admit that it’s merely a cute way for me to share a profoundly simple... read more

How Bitterness Behaves

Bitterness destroys lives, families, and churches. Left unattended, she inevitably spreads. On her playing field, nobody wins. Recognize her early. Deal with her seriously. She is dangerous. Extremely dangerous. Consider a few of her characteristics: She Internalizes... read more

Why People "Tune Out"

Most people don’t blatantly walk out of church services. But a good number of them tune out. To be fair, sometimessuch detachment is the fault of the listener himself. But all too often, we preachers have a lot to do with why increasing numbers in our congregations... read more