Consuming Fire

Fire. It’s one of those things that every little boy is mesmerized with. I say that, knowing that even now I could sit and stare into a camp fire for hours and always be amazed at it. There’s something about it – how gracefully it leaps about, how it casts constantly moving shadows about it,…

Deep Fellowship

Philippians 2:1-3 – “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, and affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition of conceit, but in humility count others more significant than…

The Scars Remain

I remember some years ago having a very meaningful conversation with some people very close to me. The conversation drifted through talks about our individual struggles, and at one point a very interesting question was posed: what does healing look like – whether it is from physical, emotional, or experiential wounds – to the Christian?…

The 3rd Dimension

It was dark out as I walked to my car. There was a vague hint of morning light teasing the eastern horizon, but it was obvious that the darkness still out-shined the light. This is how most of my mornings start as I get in my car to drive to work. This particular morning, though,…

The Best

For a while now, my son Guy and I have a little routine we go through when I’m putting him to bed. I lay down with him, we talk and pray, and I scratch his back. Then, when I’m leaving, he’ll say, “I love you! You’re the best dad I could ever have!” Then I’ll…

That Time I Slept For A Year

“My heart trembles to write all of this, because all I want you to hear is that Jesus is the One who saves. Nothing and no one else will.” When I was 11 years old, I was diagnosed with a rare disease in my right hip called Perthes. It caused the blood supply to my…

My Philosophy of Worship

“Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.” – Psalm 33:3 (NASB) I began to sense God calling me to the ministry when I was a freshman in high school, and from that moment on, I have spent my life attempting to hone and polish my philosophy of worship. I…

The Third Thing

There is a war that is raging for the center of me. It is a war between my selfish flesh (that just wants to rest!) and my desire to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and be a servant. Like many people, I have a pretty hectic work week. I wake up around 5am, drive…

Jesus: The Grieving Servant

I’ve been studying Matthew 14 and I realized something for the first time. Matthew 14 contains several events from Jesus’ ministry, the first being an account of the death of John the Baptist. Afterwards, there is the feeding of the five thousand, and then the account of Jesus walking on the water. All three of…

The Fading of Finite

“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ” – Philippians 3:8 I’ve realized that, for years now, I’ve been asking myself the wrong question.