The early morning dark makes it hard to see the one standing before me. Where is my Rabbi? Where is my friend? Where is the one I have given my life to? The tomb is empty. The brightness of the angel is overwhelming. The gardener asking me why I am weeping is infuriatingly annoying. Then, … Continue reading Resurrection Morning: A Poem Inspired by John 20:11-18
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” One of the main battles of grief is this feeling struggling within your soul telling you to get over it, to move on. This feeling produces guilt. It lays a burden on top of the grief which already seems too much to bear. And, at … Continue reading The Struggle of Grief: Matthew 5:4 and God’s blessing of comfort
Five years seems like yesterday. Five years seems like an eternity ago. The language of loss never seems sufficient to the reality. There is no way to truly communicate the grief of a heart that has lost one so close. That phone call five years ago that pierced my sleep to announce that my Mom … Continue reading Five Years Without You
Morning Before the sun even rises I lay in bed and the burdens and the joys of this calling fill my heart and mind. I swing my legs over the side of the bed and pray a quick prayer. “This is your day, Lord. Give me eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart … Continue reading Another Day
One of my favorite podcasts is The Calling produced by Christianity Today. Every episode the host, Richard Clark, ends the interview with one question, “if you could go back in a time machine and tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?” I have been thinking about this question lately. I … Continue reading Advice On Ministry For My Younger Self
Small church pastors I want you to know you matter. Your ministry matters. Your church matters. We don’t hear this affirmation much in our church world where it seems bigness is next to godliness. Ministry success to many is defined by how many people attend your church and how big your “platform” can be. We … Continue reading A Message To Small Church Pastors: Your Ministry Matters!
Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” This verse is the bridge between the early life of Jesus and His appearance on the scene for His three years of ministry around age 30. We have no record in the Bible of what happened in … Continue reading God’s Faithfulness In Our Obscurity