God is Our Hope

A year ago I experienced a season of hopelessness. Several ministry programs I worked with were cut due to budget constraints. For someone with workaholic tendencies (i.e.: me) having little work to do is, well, close to maddening. One of our children was also having...

From Talking to Action

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy talking, especially about things I either really like, or things I really DISLIKE. If you get me going about some of my big likes, running, British politics, random historical minutia, and ministry it’s hard to get me to...

Responding to the Call

There is a scene in 1 King that has long challenged me. The prophet Elijah has been standing up and proclaiming the truth about God for quite awhile, but he has reached a breaking point. Seeking refuge in a cave he cries out to God: I have been very zealous for the...

Start Acting Boldly

I am growingly convinced that the easiest of human activities is complaining. Think about it: complaining really requires next to nothing from us. We simply state our problems (often in anger) and nothing more. Complaining does not require us to take any tangible...

Live a Bigger Life

In his book Great by Choice Jim Collins looked at what he calls 10x companies. These are companies, like Apple and Southwest Airlines, that outperformed all competitors in their industry by a factor of 10 between 2002-2012. This is so rare that of the 20,400 companies...