Building Spiritual Muscles in the Mundane

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In the 1984 film “The Karate Kid,” an enthusiastic karate student is disappointed when his first lesson involves cleaning and waxing his master’s car. Day after day, Daniel questions the point of laborious tasks such as sanding a wood floor, refinishing a fence and painting Mr. Miyagi’s house. But when Mr. Miyagi finally begins to teach him karate moves, Daniel … Read More

Why Does Growth Require Suffering?

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Hebrews 2:10 “For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.” The phrase, “perfect through suffering” stands out to me in this verse. Why did Jesus need to be made “perfect” and why did it include “suffering?” Why Jesus … Read More

Summer Memories

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For some reason certain seasons of the year evoke different types of personal reflection. For instance, there is something about summer that lends itself to reflecting on family -particularly children. Maybe it’s the fact that school is out and the kids are having a blast. Or maybe it’s the way that summer is just a bit more relaxed than the … Read More

Nature vs. Nurture in Discipleship

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Do these names sound familiar? –OJ Simpson, Martha Stewart, Michael Jackson, Timothy McVeigh, Scott Peterson, The Menendez Brothers, Jeffrey Dahmer, Lindsay Lohan, Casey Anthony, Justin Beiber, Jay-Z, Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie. What is it that we so desperately want to know about them? For some reason, we are all fascinated by the stories of their … Read More

To Build or Not to Build?

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Building programs. Surely that phrase ranks somewhere on the top ten most polarizing issues in church life. Having pastored a church through a building program, I know first-hand about the added stress and strain they can cause. At the same time, I recognize the benefits that new facilities offer. Like any other major decision in the life of a church, … Read More

I’m Happy He’s Growing Up

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Over the past couple of days, I was able to spend some time alone with my son on a short “get-away” trip. As we were having a major water-gun war, I realized something: My son is growing up. Don’t get my wrong, he’s not going to college next year –he’s only four. Okay, four-and-a-half (the half is very important). But … Read More