I read an article this morning that kinda blew me away. Actually, it kinda blew me up. Pete Scazzero was interviewed by Preaching Today about what he has learned over the years about message preparation. Not technique or style. But what he has learned about the importance of the pastor's heart. Reading the interview, I … Continue reading For Preachers: Learning to be with Jesus
My first case of homesickness struck in the Missouri foothills. I was a ten-year-old at Camp Soaring Hawk and one of the few campers staying for both multi-week summer sessions. Although I had never been away from home before, things were okay while camp activities were taking place all day with new friends. Then they … Continue reading Homesick: My Longing for Things to Be as They Should
For Christmas this year, my wife gave me When Darkness Seems My Closest Friend, by Mark Meynell. I have devoured it like a New York size slice of sausage and peperoni pizza after a 24-hour fast. Kristy knew this book would speak to me in a very personal way. Over the years, she has walked … Continue reading Being a Friend, not a Fixer
Meteorologists have a tough job. They are called upon to predict the weather, often attempting an extended forecast days in advance. Sometimes they are accurate. Sometimes they miss badly. Still, we appreciate the work meteorologists do in giving us a heads up about what to wear or whether or not to head up the mountains … Continue reading Of Prophets and Meteorologists
Years ago, while walking into a dry cleaner during December, I noticed a poster in the window that read, "Jesus is the Reason for the Season!" While I understand the motive behind such a statement to be a challenge to the commercialization of the season and a focus on music, parties, lights, gifts, TV specials, … Continue reading What if Jesus Isn’t the Reason for the Season?