Top 10 Books of 2019

It was a great year in Books. I read almost 200 books this year and there were so many books that are excellent, but these are the ones that stood out the most to me this year. Click here to see all the books that I read in 2019 Honorable Mentions REFRAMATION by Alan Hirsch & Mark Nelson DIGITAL MINIMALISM …

Your Future Self

Your future self will always see your present self as unwise and immature.  That means you are currently a fool right now. – Tim Keller I just finished Drew Dyck’s latest book, “Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible & Brain Science”.   There is so much good stuff in this book, so I decided …

BOOK REVIEW: How the Bible Actually Works (by Peter Enns)

How does the Bible actually work?  Peter Enns paints a beautiful picture of God’s people accepting the sacred responsibility of reimagining God for their time and place using the virtue of Wisdom.  And when we read our Bibles, we also share in that same sacred responsibility of using wisdom to interpret Scripture in our context.  The author masterfully helps see our part …

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We Need To Stop Saying, “Let me know if you need anything”

When I was diagnosed with Cancer in 2008, I had so many people say to me, “let me know if you need anything”.  These people were caring, compassionate Christ-followers who genuinely meant it when they said it. While there was a lot of things that we needed, from help with the kids, to runs to the grocery, we only let those …

who is challenging you to pursue your dreams?

Do you have someone challenging you to pursue your dreams?  Or are you surrounded by people who are feeding your complacency? One of the reasons that leaders don’t achieve their goals is that they don’t have mentors pushing them. Recently I met with a pastor who was very discouraged with their ministry assignment.  They didn’t think they would ever be able to …

is it okay to skip church?

“Is it okay to skip church?” This is a question that no one has ever asked me.  And I can understand why, because they know what I am going to say.  As a pastor, I may be biased in my answer, but I am going to share it anyway because I care about my flock.  I love the people who attend …

the christian f-bomb

I learned a very important lesson early on in our marriage.  When I asked Stacy how she was doing, and she responded, “I’m fine”, she really wasn’t fine.  In fact, every time she replied with that phrase, there was something significantly wrong, but she didn’t want to talk about it yet.  I learned my lesson the hard way.  The truth was …