Dear United States,

I love you. (I love us.) I thank God for our nation and our liberties and our diversity and our exceptional approach.  Jon Stewart is right: “This ain’t easy … America is not natural. Natural is tribal. We are fighting against thousands of years of human behavior and history to create something that no one’s ever done. That’sContinue reading “Dear United States,”

Repeat After Us

1. My all-time favorite Florida Gator is Joakim Noah. Last week I was reminded why I loved this guy so much when the SEC Network aired their 52-minute documentary on the back-to-back Gator basketball champions. Repeat After Us is the story of the team who started school together, sweat together, bled together, beat the odds together, wept together,Continue reading “Repeat After Us”

Ground Breakers

Make disciples of ALL the nations. We haven’t fully embraced the Great Commission until we are committed to go to all the nations (ethnos) and all the peoples. Not just the easily-reached and already-touched. We really are called to take the Gospel where it is rare; to bring discipleship where it is uncommon; to break ground where theContinue reading “Ground Breakers”

Don’t go to church to get fed.

Go to church to get hungry. Don’t go to church to get fed? People say this sounds unbiblical. Didn’t Jesus tell Peter, “Feed my sheep”? That’s the point. We first hear this idea in Ezekiel 34 where God was speaking “against the shepherds of Israel” who failed to feed the sheep and instead fed themselves: “TheContinue reading “Don’t go to church to get fed.”

Megachurch Pastor Resigns Over Moral Failure: what does it mean?

Another famous preacher has fallen. Moral failure is what they’re calling it in the news. It is my single biggest fear. Perhaps it’s because I have witnessed the cultural aftershock every time a Christian leader falls into scandalous sin. It could be that I’ve been up close with one too many people who felt theContinue reading “Megachurch Pastor Resigns Over Moral Failure: what does it mean?”

You are in the gifted program

Earlier this week I had a conversation with a little boy who was tested for the “gifted program” in his elementary school. Ever experienced this? They take the kid into a room, give him a barrage of tests to assess his mental aptitude, and make their recommendations. My heart broke to find out the boyContinue reading “You are in the gifted program”