How Much Should I Share with My Spouse?
Mar20

How Much Should I Share with My Spouse?

How much of what happens at church should be shared with our spouses? The short answer: What builds trust in marriage, and unity of heart in ministry. Looking back, I did our young marriage no favors by sharing everything that happened at church with Emily. I would come home, and she would ask how my day was. My response on a bad day was to lay out all the frustrating or hurtful stuff that happened. My response on a good day was,...

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Two Ministry-Saving Spiritual Practices
Dec03

Two Ministry-Saving Spiritual Practices

Two spiritual practices have allowed me to stay in ministry for 17 years and still enjoy it. They won’t be found among the spiritual classics, other than through application of “classic” disciplines. However, ideas like “prayer,” “love”, “sabbath,” etc., still must be applied. It’s one thing to say “I should pray more.” It’s another to craft a doable plan...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 40
Aug03

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 40

Here are some things I’m thinking about this Friday morning: Happy 40th weekiversary to this humble column. What started out as a place to dump thoughts not worthy of a full post–or even a tweet–has become one of the blogs most popular features. I enjoy writing it…thanks for reading. One obligatory thought, post-mortem, on Chick-fil-A day. Certain Christians in the Twittersphere were saying, essentially, that...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 32
Jun15

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 32

Here are some things I’m thinking about this Friday morning: We took the kids to Disneyland on Tuesday. We left Norah munchkin with grandma and grandpa. Disneyland with kids 9 and 7 was great. It was sooooo much better than 4 and 2. I can remember taking Anna by herself when she was 1 1/2 and thinking we were giving her an experience she would never forget. In reality, we gave ourselves a parent-whooping we wouldn’t...

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Needs vs. Gospel

Needs vs. Gospel. Perhaps this is a false dichotomy. I don't think so. When it comes to a primary worldview that shapes how we see things and how we behave day in and day out–the continuum between self-orientation and Gospel-submission means everything. Most of us move along that continuum moment to moment. On my good days, for instance, it's easy for me to live out Ephesians 5:21, "Submit to one another out of...

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