Passing It On

“When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.” Judges 2:10 One generation. That is all it took to forget all that God had done. Joshua and his contemporaries had led the way into…

Freefall

As financial markets worldwide went into a freefall this week, it is easy to feel shaken with uncertainty about the future. What has happened to my net worth? What about my job? Are we headed into another Great Depression? I’ve never skydived but I can imagine the fear that must accompany jumping out of a…

The Volcano

During our time in Guatemala in August we spent part of a day with a few of the locals climbing the Pacaya Volcano. Pacaya is an active volcano, so it was quite an adventure to climb over the cooled lava, finding hotspots were we could see and feel the molten lava beneath. It was certainly…

The Lake

I wanted to post a few thoughts from our mission trip this summer. A few weeks ago, a team from Living Hope went to Amatitlan, Guatemala, a city of 80,000 that is considered a suburb of the capital. Many people have flooded Amatitlan from rural areas to try and find work in the city. Some…

Thoughts On Healing

As I prepare for our Good Friday Healing service, I am struck by the prevalence of Jesus’ healing ministry. He gained quite a reputation as a healer and miracle worker. He drew crowds who wanted that curing touch and wanted to be near the excitement of the action. Jesus instructed his disciples to heal while…

Lessons From The Rough – Part 1

I have been contemplating for some time how being a Christian and playing golf have much in common. Golf begins inside. Stepping up to the first tee, am I confident or nervous? Am I afraid of making a fool of myself in front of my playing partners and any foursomes behind me by whiffing on…

Wired

Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has sparked considerable controversy since his March 2nd blog entry discussed research suggesting the possibility of babies being born with a homosexual orientation and the ethics of utilizing medical treatments to alter that orientation. The ensuing firestorm unleashed on Dr. Mohler has come from both…

Death

Last week, I conducted the funeral of a friend. Death stinks. The Bible calls it an enemy (1 Cor. 15:26) and I agree. It is unnatural to have a young man’s life cut short by an accident. His absence leaves a hole where strong relationships as a husband, father, son and friend existed. The situation…

To Build A Boat

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." -Antoine de Saint-Exupery When I first read this quote a few years ago, tears started to fill my eyes.  I wasn’t sure why,…