The Resurrection Makes Sense

If you look at the Apostle Paul's life from a normal angle he was a failure! He had been run out of almost every town he visited. He had been in too many jails to count (but surprisingly not for the murder he arranged). He had started a string of little churches that had perpetual problems. He had been shipwrecked. He struggled with poor health. His life was a mess...unless you look at it through the resurrection. The resurrection makes sense of Paul's life. He writes about this in his letter to the church in Corinth.
And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen…

Be Patient God Isn't Finished

The church is full of hypocrites, but then again so is the world. We as people often claim to know or do things that we don't. Researchers call this the halo effect. This is why when pollsters survey people they take into account that people will report themselves as better than they truly are. Some see this as a malicious conspiracy, but I wonder if it's often just a case of wishful thinking.

Our wishful thinking has a lot to do with how we perceive ourselves. Let's say that today I make an effort to be less sarcastic and keep my mouth shut every other time I want to be smart. Later when I look at this snapshot of my life I will say, "I'm less sarcastic! I'm making progress!" But, what if you're one of the people who got the "every other" time I was sarcastic. You look at that snapshot and say, "What a sarcastic jerk!" If you know I'm a Christian then you might say, "What a hypocrite! That guy claims to be a Christian, bu…

The Fence Makes Me Happy

Study after study show that children play out farther when there is a fence around the playground. The fence lets the children know where it’s safe to play and where they are allowed to have fun. When the fence is gone the children stay closer to the teacher afraid that they might wander too far. Likewise in our own lives when we play by the rules we know what the boundaries are for what is good. Morality simply fences off all that is good from all that leads to brokenness, regret, or resentment. 

Help Your Child Succeed At Church Camp

In our connected digital world the idea of your child going off the grid can be terrifying. When I went to church camp, in the dark ages, there were no cell phones or even local numbers to call. There was a camp phone in some cabin or office that could be used only for emergencies (i.e. heart attacks, compound fractures, death). We didn't post happy pictures of kids at camp. We took pictures with disposable cameras and then developed pictures of rocks, trees, and our thumbs.

In many ways, not much has changed. Cell phone service is spotty at camp because it's camp and camp is not in town. This means phone calls may or may not be able to get through, using the camp phone is still really for emergencies (can you imagine if every parent called once a day?), and pictures may or may not get posted.

I have kids, I want them to be safe, but we all have to learn to let go and let them have fun at camp. As a dad and camp veteran I want to give you parents some tips to help your child suc…

Don't Worry You've Already Missed God's Will For Your Life

Last Sunday we started a new series "Fearless" which got me thinking about all the things Christians fear. One of the top fears I hear as a pastor is missing God's will. I have spoken with so many believers who are so paralyzed by this fear that they can't decide which job to take, what school to go to, or where to live because "God hasn't told them"! If you find yourself stuck in this place let me break some truth to you slowly and gently: God doesn't have a plan for your next real estate purchase, investment, vacation, job, school, or even where you live, but don't worry - this is a good thing!

This is good because if God had a will for your life, you would have already missed it. You would have already taken a wrong turn several years ago and would now be so far off track you could never get back to the original plan. You couldn't get back to the plan because you couldn't go back in time! Just like George Bailey your life has set off …