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

The Single Best Bible Translation

Growing up, my parents had me bring my Bible to church every Sunday. And my Bible was all decked out. I had one of those leather zipper cases with the slits to store your pen and highlighter. Months worth of half-sheet sermon note pages were stuffed in the back. The thing probably weighed about 7 … Continue reading The Single Best Bible Translation

Being a Pastor is Harder Than it Looks

I love being a pastor. Since the age of 19, it’s all I’ve ever wanted to be. I’m passionate about preaching, developing leaders, and reaching the world for Jesus. I’ve never doubted God’s call on my life, and those close to me have continued to confirm my call along the way. But as I began … Continue reading Being a Pastor is Harder Than it Looks

Why You Don’t Like People

Have you ever met someone and immediately disliked them? There was just something about them that rubbed you the wrong way. So for whatever reason, before you even knew anything about them, you disliked them. Has that ever happened to you? Yeah, me neither. But I imagine that there are some people in your life … Continue reading Why You Don’t Like People

More Than Fuel: Thinking About Food Spiritually

Certain questions about life dominate our thoughts and conversations. They bear discussion and debate, contemplation and argument. Many times, even after much searching, we never find the answers we set out looking for. One question in particular looms large for all of us: What are we having for dinner? I don’t know. What do you … Continue reading More Than Fuel: Thinking About Food Spiritually