Are You Hearing or Understanding?

If you were to turn on the cable news, you would likely see the news anchor with a person on her right and left. These two individuals would be discussing today's hot-button issue, but they wouldn't really be discussing. It's more like talking at one another, a game scored on smug insults and sizzling one-liners. … Continue reading Are You Hearing or Understanding?

Tuning Your Soul to the New Creation Melody

A person's ear can be trained to hear any number of sounds. For some, it's the cry of their own child. For bird lovers, it may be the unique calls and chirps of birds living around them. For others still, the ear may be trained to hear the rhythm, pitch, and harmony of music. I … Continue reading Tuning Your Soul to the New Creation Melody

Going the Way of Rehoboam

Rehoboam stood before the people at Shechem. They had come to make him king. The people who once looked to his father, Solomon, now looked to Rehoboam. Though he suffered decline at the end of his reign, Solomon led the kingdom to heights it had never seen, and Rehoboam now felt the weight of that … Continue reading Going the Way of Rehoboam

How to Love Your Brothers and Sisters: Part 1

What is our goal in loving others? What is it that we are trying to accomplish? The world and the church typically have radically different answers for these questions. Outside the church, you may hear about the goal of love as higher self-esteem, a sense of belonging, or mere happiness. While Christians would agree with … Continue reading How to Love Your Brothers and Sisters: Part 1

The Danger of Faking Pastoral Ministry

A sobering quote from Eugene Peterson's Working the Angles: The Shape of Pastoral Integrity: I don't know of any other profession in which it is quite easy to fake it as in ours. By adopting a reverential demeanor, cultivating a stained-glass  voice, slipping occasional words like "eschatology" into conversation and heilsgeschichte into our discourse—not often enough actually … Continue reading The Danger of Faking Pastoral Ministry