Evidence of the Resurrection

On Easter Sunday an unbelieving loved one sat with me in church while the gospel was heralded and the very doubts and questions he has were exposed. This of course has created some interesting conversations in the last couple days. Questions about evidence. He wants evidence of the resurrection. I know there are smarter people… Continue reading Evidence of the Resurrection

Three reasons teaching kids the Gospel is good for you

In recent months I began serving as the kids ministry director at my church.  For me, getting on the floor to teach toddlers about Jesus has become a joy. But I'm discovering not everyone feels this way. And actually, I didn't always feel this way. I realize there are people who should never work with… Continue reading Three reasons teaching kids the Gospel is good for you

3 Reasons I Got Up on Sunday

I woke up this past Sunday feeling heavy, tired and unmotivated. And honestly, I wake up that way a lot. On the energy scale of Eeyore to Tigger, I'm a notch or two above Eeyore. And my goal when I wake up is to just make it to the coffee pot.  There, I usually catch… Continue reading 3 Reasons I Got Up on Sunday

The back gate the Church has left open for predators

My german shepherd Lukas has different barks for different things. One of his barks is very aggressive and intimidating. His body lunges, his teeth shows, he barks from his chest. That's the, "there's a predator" bark. At 5 am this morning, Lukas let out an incessant "there's a predator" bark. I shot up off the… Continue reading The back gate the Church has left open for predators

Submission to others as a child of God

(Image Credit) Who do you submit to? I know, it's a weird thought isn't it? Uncomfortable. I feel defensive as soon as I ask it. "I don't submit to anyone!" Is my instinctual reaction. But it's really not true. We all submit to other people in our lives. If we didn't, anarchy would reign. We… Continue reading Submission to others as a child of God

A phase of the waiting bride

You look like a captive, a kidnapped woman with a black cloth tied, covering your eyes. You look scared. I can see your mouth, your face turned away trying to hide from what you cannot see. You look hopeless. But I know your pattern. I know this cycle you go through- phases of light shining… Continue reading A phase of the waiting bride

The church as a body, not a grocery store

Ghislaine Howard- The Washing of Feet (1953) I heard it recently on a podcast: We have set up church to be so convenient and easy for folks to get their dose of church on Sunday that we have robbed people of the life-changing joy that comes from taking up your cross and following Jesus as… Continue reading The church as a body, not a grocery store

Church, do we despise the children?

Kids are rowdy, they knock over our shiny religious teacups filled with anger, impatience and selfishness. But their rowdiness is no excuse for our complacency. Protecting our whitewashed lives is not what God has called us to. When my boys were little I felt the tension between what I wanted to do with my days… Continue reading Church, do we despise the children?

My heart for Kids Ministry and Senior Saints

Taking up the role of leading the kids ministry at my church was not something on my radar of plans for the future. But the push of the Spirit in my life over the past year or so has been to stop holding on to what God has so graciously poured into me, and start… Continue reading My heart for Kids Ministry and Senior Saints

My cluttered brain and my grey-headed friend

I have ideas all the time. All the time.  My phone is full of notes I voice-to-text to save for future reference. My bullet journal is full of thoughts, ideas, to-do's, goals, dreams, plans, appointments, more ideas.  And if I had to draw a chart of what's going on in my brain and try to… Continue reading My cluttered brain and my grey-headed friend