Spiritual Snacks

[share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” linkedin=”true” pinterest=”true” reddit=”true” email=”true”] Remember as a kid, just before dinner, when you’d get that sudden urge to have a snack?  Even if the evening meal was only ten minutes away, it seemed impossible to wait; those cookies and milk … Read More

“All Comfort” > “Any Affliction”

[share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” linkedin=”true” pinterest=”true” reddit=”true” email=”true”] There’s no hardship greater than the comforting hand of God. This biblical promise is based on four words in 2 Corinthians 1: “all comfort” (v 3) and “any affliction” (v 4). Take a minute … Read More

If Only One

[share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” linkedin=”true” pinterest=”true” reddit=”true” email=”true”] I’m not sure I remember the year, but I sure recall the moment. I was a young Jr. High youth director, still in college in fact. Our group had spent the week in Mexico … Read More

3 Tips for Living Well: Father’s Day Advice from my Dad

[share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” linkedin=”true” pinterest=”true” reddit=”true” email=”true”] My daughter recently wrote a simple piece about my father for a class she was taking. The assignment? Interview someone you admire, and write about their life. So she did. She called my dad … Read More

The Justice Equation

[share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” linkedin=”true” pinterest=”true” reddit=”true” email=”true”] Growing up, my mother would often say to me, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” It was a direct exhortation to watch out for the temptation to respond to injustice with injustice. My guess … Read More

5 Things I Learned from our Regathering

[share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” linkedin=”true” pinterest=”true” reddit=”true” email=”true”] Last Sunday our local body of believers regathered. After nine weeks of virtual church, we were able to once again meet physically. Yep, live and in person.  Here are (at least) five things I … Read More

Justice Doesn’t Need a Qualifier

[share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” linkedin=”true” pinterest=”true” reddit=”true” email=”true”] Ahmaud Arbury. George Floyd. Two men who died unjustly. When I watched the graphic videos, I was left with a raw speechlessness. And even rawer questions. Why chase a young man ruthlessly with guns? … Read More

In Memory: Phil Smith, the Chain Breaker!

Today we laid to rest the body of Phil Smith, Julie’s father. Phil was a humble Christian, committed husband, involved father, and loyal Adrian Maple. For those who never knew Phil or anything about his past, perhaps this brief excerpt from chapter 2 of my … Read More

Yes, Your Pastor Needs Pastored

[share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” linkedin=”true” pinterest=”true” reddit=”true” email=”true”] One reason churches need elders is because there will be times when an elder needs elders. Or, to say it another way, one reason churches need pastors is because there will be times when … Read More

The Grace and Grit to Regather

[share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” linkedin=”true” pinterest=”true” reddit=”true” email=”true”] Leaders across our state and country are asking this question increasingly: When, and how, should we begin regathering? What does it look like to reconvene in a COVID-19 culture? It Will Take Grace Without … Read More