The Words of Life and Death: Choose to Speak Life

I cringed. Surrounded by a group of women of all ages—empty nesters, middle-aged and young moms—one young mom was expressing her struggles with her preschoolers. The constant discipline, the tantrums over “trivial” things, and the exhaustion from late nights with early mornings were wearing on her. Other young moms in the room quickly jumped in…

Christian Hospitality as Happy Hospitality by Dave Zuleger

Introduction: What is Hospitality? As you go to the word to define hospitality you find the idea of “welcome.” We see in the book of Acts that as people went on missionary journeys they were welcomed into the home of others there temporarily to stay. We see the idea of welcoming guests and strangers (Hebrews…

“I want that person’s spouse” – Envy

Photo by Mihai Stefan Photography from Pexels I want their spouse. I want their job. I want their notoriety. I want their well-behaved kids. I want their pedigree. I want their house. I want their influence. I want their skills. I want their discretionary income. I want their gifting in preaching. I want their church because it’s bigger…

4 qualities of Christlikeness from Sam Crabtree’s book Practicing Affirmation – a veritable goldmine.

  Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash Sam Crabtree in Practicing Affirmation focuses on eight but for this post, I’ll simply and briefly share four. Alertness. No one was more alert than Jesus. Think about the calling of Matthew the tax collector in Matthew 9:9-13. Matthew writes that Jesus saw him sitting at the booth; when individuals (including…

3 simple questions I regularly think about regarding my walk with Jesus.

Photo by Emily Morter on Unsplash Each and every time I attend an event that the North American Mission Board facilitates they submit several questions to participants for the purpose of personal engagement. Too often we hear great content but fail to reflect and intentionally think how we can appropriate certain truths or principles into our lives. Questions…

Multiply Disciples, Yes. But how? Five Practical Tips for Making Disciples

Recently I posted an article arguing for the idea of multiplication. That is, as Christians we are called to make disciples (Matt 28:18–20). We hope the disciples we make will, in turn, make other disciples. In short, multiplication = disciples making more disciples. I’m not going to rehash that argument. If you are interested, you…