Why I Don’t Think Jesus Was Born In A Stable (And Why It Matters)

With the Christmas season upon us, it’s time to break out all our decorations. The tree. The stockings. The garland. And, yes, of course, the nativity scene. I love my nativity scene. I got it in Bethlehem when I visited Israel a couple years ago. And I don’t only pull it out during Christmas. It … Continue reading Why I Don’t Think Jesus Was Born In A Stable (And Why It Matters)

5 Ways To Cultivate A Lifestyle of Thankfulness

Thanksgiving is here! For us, that means a bit of a fuller schedule and a whole lot of food. (We’re a fan of the food.) But this is the time of year when we become more intentional about coming together with friends and family to celebrate and be thankful for all God has provided. But … Continue reading 5 Ways To Cultivate A Lifestyle of Thankfulness

What To Do When Tragedy Strikes Your Community

Early on a Friday morning, I noticed that I had missed a call from the administrative assistant at my church while at the gym. I figured I could call her back as soon as I got home.  But before I could walk in the door, I received another call from someone on our pastoral team. … Continue reading What To Do When Tragedy Strikes Your Community

How To Respond To Your Haters In A Healthy Way

It’s no secret that we live in a culture of “recreational outrage.” People seem to genuinely enjoy becoming upset and annoyed in a very public way--whether on social media or otherwise. (But mostly on social media.) It’s also true that in order to avoid criticism, “say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” So in any age, … Continue reading How To Respond To Your Haters In A Healthy Way

5 Reasons Every Christian Should Care About Social Justice

I know I’m a bit late to this dance, but recently there has been a lot of talk in evangelical circles about the topic of social justice. Not much of it has been very encouraging. In fact, one evangelical leader even drafted a statement to refute what he calls the “most subtle and dangerous” threat … Continue reading 5 Reasons Every Christian Should Care About Social Justice

9 Lessons from our First Year of Marriage

On October 6, we will celebrate one year of marriage. So, naturally, we now feel confident handing out expert relationship advice! (Just kidding.) But in our first year of marriage, we have learned a few good lessons that we thought we’d pass along to you. Here are nine. 1. Finding and learning new rhythms is … Continue reading 9 Lessons from our First Year of Marriage

Will You Sacrifice Jesus on the Altar of Your Political Ideology?

Have you ever noticed that every artistic depiction of Jesus looks basically the same? Jesus is western European, many times even with blue eyes. He has long, flowing hair and a beard with a strong jaw underneath. Oh, and He’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 6 feet tall. That’s the classic image of Jesus. Except … Continue reading Will You Sacrifice Jesus on the Altar of Your Political Ideology?

6 Practical Ways You Can Kill Pride

Pride is a destructive thing. It damages relationships. It can bring down organizations. It has a way of making even the most intelligent person act foolishly. Prideful and arrogant people are difficult to be around. They’re difficult to work with...or be related to for that matter. And the thing is we’re always quick to recognize … Continue reading 6 Practical Ways You Can Kill Pride

3 Reasons Why Jesus’ Humanity Really Matters

If you grew up in a bible believing church or have attended one for some time, the idea that Jesus is God is probably a given for you. And it should be. It’s one of the most important convictions we hold. Jesus wasn’t just a good teacher or a powerful prophet. He is God in … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Jesus’ Humanity Really Matters

5 Things That Drive Your Pastor Crazy

Pastors love their congregations. They really do. Every pastor sees the people of their church as their people. These are the people they have given their lives to. The people they serve tirelessly. The people they pray for. The congregation’s physical and spiritual well being is a pastor’s deepest concern. Your pastor loves you. But that … Continue reading 5 Things That Drive Your Pastor Crazy