Radical Obedience

At the close of the Old Testament age there was increasing appeals for repentance and submission to God’s standards. I wonder, is there the same call for radical obedience today? I was reading through some of the OT prophets recently—which is never easy reading. There’s a lot of confusing imagery and that persistent appeal to return…

MY GOD WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” More chilling words, I can’t imagine. The crying out of our Lord Jesus in lament for his suffering. Still, these words leave much to be considered; the…

Called (Part 1)

Recently, I attended my final interview for ordination with the Evangelical Covenant Church. I thought I’d post some of my positions here for you to read and interact with… I haven’t always been a “denomination guy.” But among the many things that I’ve come to appreciate about the Covenant is it’s high standards for its pastors….

With Child

“Hey Joseph… You’re fiance, Mary… She’s pregnant.” The time when Alicia and I were engaged was one of the best seasons of my life. Never before was I anticipating something so much as I was the gathering together of all our friends and family to celebrate our wedding day—let alone the excitement of taking her…

The Seat of our Emotions

“I’ve got a gut feeling about this.” That’s a phrase that you’ve heard or maybe have used. The fact is we casually assign a lot of emotional responses coming out of our lower region. “I’ve got a sinking feeling that this isn’t going to work out.” In the ancient world, it was thought that the…

In sickness and in health

At the time I didn’t really understand what it meant. It was 25 years ago on this day—I was living in New York—and got a call from my mom. Her voice shaking, “There’s been an accident. Noe was on his motorcycle and…” For the last quarter century, my older brother has been without the use…

CHIC Day 3: Are You Kidding Me??

ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!?!?!?!?! TONIGHT WAS OUR NIGHT ON THE FLOOR!!!!!! TONIGHT WAS THE NIGHT FOR KING AND COUNTRY!!!!! TONIGHT WAS THE BIGGEST SURPRISE REVEAL!!!!!!! Can you tell I am and we were really excited???? Well tonight as we entered early and got floor seats right next to the stage, we were ready to worship…

CHIC Day 2: Getting #Lecraed

First. Full. Day. CHIC 2015!!!! All of the students and leaders can talk about is how everything is better than they dreamed or imagined. If you ever wonder if what the Bible says really rings true in real life, well it did today for us. I was walking with a student to MainStage and I…

SHIFT Day 1

We made it!!!!!!! 3 hrs to Dallas, TX 12 hrs to Knoxville, TN 1 Epic day of fun, worship, and friendship! CHIC Day 1 is always off the chain! The staff does a great job of pulling out all the stops for the welcome party! After we got all settled into dorms, and changed from our…

Heading North

“Without understanding grace, we’ll exhaust ourselves trying to be better…” Tuesday, our Men’s Group (do they need a name?) Skyped with Gary Heim—coauthor of “True North”—the subject was Chapter 6, growing in grace. True North is a resource that wants to help us to reframe our response to frustrations. Why? Because when you experience frustrations;…