The Secret to Turning Failure into Victory

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Discipleship, Main, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

Okay, it’s really not a secret. Everyone has heard of learning from our mistakes. But do you know the power of teaching from them? I can tell you this: It doesn’t happen much by accident. Let me boil it down for you. A mistake isn’t just a failure unless you leave it where it fell. If you learn from it, it is a lesson. If you use it to teach others, it becomes a victory. Now, that sounds  like a fortune cookie or a bit of...

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Fulfilling the Plans of a Dead Man: Remembering 9-11

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Discipleship, General Rant, Main, US Politics | 3 comments

Twelve years ago, I began my day by feeding my son while my wife went for a walk with some friends and neighbors. A poor parsonage family, we didn’t have cable back then. But we did have an arial antenna that picked up the local NBC affiliate. The Today Show was providing background noise. While my son finished his breakfast and my daughter was making sounds like she was finally waking up, I saw what I thought was a movie trailer. The...

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Compassion: The Tool of Choice for the Discerning Christian

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Christian Beliefs, Discipleship, General Rant, Main, Society at Large, Theological Thinking | 4 comments

I was always taught to use the right tool for the job. Now, that doesn’t mean that my dad, who was a contractor for much of his life, was above using the backside of a big old wrench to knock down a nail that was sticking up. But it does mean that I rarely force a flat bladed screwdriver into a phillips head screw. So when I see Christians wielding “righteous indignation” at the sins of their neighbors, I cringe. There are...

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6 Things Christians Must Do to Be Effective

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Discipleship, Main, Theological Thinking | 0 comments

In the past ten years, more and more people have talked about what “The Church” must do in order to survive in coming years. There are videos about the Death Tsunami. There are blog posts about the impending doom of a marginalized “mainstream protestantism.” But that’s not at all important unless your goal is to preserve an institution. My bishop is much more concerned with how we focus on mission instead of...

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You’ve Got to Want To

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Christian Beliefs, Discipleship, Leading the Church, Leading the Local Congregation, Main, Pop Culture, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I am about 9. The lights are in my eyes, and I feel like I need to throw up, go to the bathroom, or maybe pass out. There are adults cheering. My parents are encouraging me. And the kids around me are either yelling or staring at me like I am a mortal enemy. If you’re thinking I’m talking about Little League Baseball, you are a very astute individual. The pitcher is throwing the ball towards me. It isn’t really to the catcher,...

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