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…

Someone asked me

“What can I do when I’m being tempted?” 1.) RESIST the Devil and he will flee from you. Rebuke the tempter out loud and “in Jesus’ name.” 2.) CONFESS your sins to one another. Call a brother or sister or pastor and be honest about what you’re dealing with. 3.) READ your Bible every day….

Bulk Items

Here in the city of Round Rock, once a year they offer a bulk items pick up day… A chance to get rid of large unwanted items. I’m excited for this because over the year, I find that stuff accumulates. And I’m thankful to live in a community that is aware of that and is…

Love and Respect

Coming up towards our wedding day, Alicia & I were as in love as two people could be. We were confident in our ability to have a great life together… We had done all the premarital counseling with a very close pastor friend, so it was a thorough walk-through of the potential pitfalls of marriage….

Called (Pt 2: Compelled)

I knew I was meant to serve as a Pastor because it was NOT what I wanted to do. It’s true. Being a pastor sounded hard (esp I knew it meant going back to school) and I knew it probably wouldn’t be a comfortable living (work long and odd hours, often on-call and it’s certainly not…

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….

Peer pressure

Last night, I had another conversation with my boys in an ongoing series about Peer Pressure. Peer Pressure is a powerful, mysterious force that can drive us to be someone we really don’t want to be. We can want to be liked by people we don’t really like ourselves. Be lured to desire things that we…

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 4: Hump Day

Today was the day everyone fought being tired. Starting with the Project Blue 5k run in the morning after an especially long night created an experience for everyone, even if we all didn’t run or walk in the morning. If you’d like to pretend you came along the 5k imagine something like this:  600 people…