Spiritual Renewal in Everyday Life

Thresholds

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears my voice and open the door, I will come into him and sup with him and he with me. Revelation 3:20 Thresholds This September, Jennie Weeks, Liz Curtis Higgs and I are leading a pilgrimage to Ireland. A pilgrimage is different from a

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Joy and Wonder

The Monday after Easter, Mary and I received a card in the mail. Enclosed was a picture of our grand-nephew who just came into the world. Obviously, the baby is cute as can be. But there is more. I thought his expression was filled with wonder. Can you blame him? One minute he was in

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HE IS RISEN!

Easter. There is no greater day. That is because it is more than a day. It is the day of the resurrection to be sure. It is also the dawning of the New Creation. We are reminded that as a result of the resurrection death is no more. Sin has been broken. The devil is

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Memorizing Hope

In my letter to you, I encouraged memorizing verses from Scripture. First, a couple of thoughts in beginning our consideration of memorizing scripture. Memorizing is a discipline. Now, you know and I know our kids are capable of memorizing everything and anything. I am amazed when I listen to them laugh with one another as

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How can I be a good person?

In asking this question, the answer takes us beyond the varied psychological, sociological, or political dimensions of our life. Sure, there are all kinds of ways we respond in everyday decisions that may be considered good or bad. As an example, April 15 is fast approaching. We may look for ways to fudge on our

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The Lord Opened Lydia’s Heart (Acts 16:14)

I will always hold and treasure a pilgrimage to Greece that I led under the theme of “following the footsteps of St. Paul.” Our group’s first stop was Philippi. Philippi was named for the emperor Philip II, who was the father of Alexander the Great. As a result, this city was a “colony” of Rome

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Who Are You Following?

The other day I was driving behind a car with a bumper sticker that read: “Football is my life!” I thought to myself, “Seriously?” What will happen to this poor guy after the Super Bowl? Perhaps, if his team wins maybe he will be going to Disney World. But again, I return to life. Not

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Back to Basics Blog

Back to Basics

As you may know from previous blogs, this year I will be writing about the importance of reaching this next generation, Generation Z. I have recently released a book, A Letter to the Church and the Next Generation: Spiritual Growth Through the Witness of James, that goes into greater detail and provides exercises at the

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I See the Light

In doing research for my recent book, A Letter to the Church and the Next Generation: Spiritual Growth through the Witness of James, I stumbled across a question young adults are asking: “What does the church have that I can’t get anywhere else?” That is the question. Here is the answer: Renewal. I’m serious. I

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Thresholds

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears my voice and open the door, I will come into him and sup with him and he with me. Revelation 3:20 Thresholds This September, Jennie Weeks, Liz Curtis Higgs and I are leading a pilgrimage to Ireland. A pilgrimage is different from a

Read More »

Joy and Wonder

The Monday after Easter, Mary and I received a card in the mail. Enclosed was a picture of our grand-nephew who just came into the world. Obviously, the baby is cute as can be. But there is more. I thought his expression was filled with wonder. Can you blame him? One minute he was in

Read More »

HE IS RISEN!

Easter. There is no greater day. That is because it is more than a day. It is the day of the resurrection to be sure. It is also the dawning of the New Creation. We are reminded that as a result of the resurrection death is no more. Sin has been broken. The devil is

Read More »

Memorizing Hope

In my letter to you, I encouraged memorizing verses from Scripture. First, a couple of thoughts in beginning our consideration of memorizing scripture. Memorizing is a discipline. Now, you know and I know our kids are capable of memorizing everything and anything. I am amazed when I listen to them laugh with one another as

Read More »

How can I be a good person?

In asking this question, the answer takes us beyond the varied psychological, sociological, or political dimensions of our life. Sure, there are all kinds of ways we respond in everyday decisions that may be considered good or bad. As an example, April 15 is fast approaching. We may look for ways to fudge on our

Read More »

The Lord Opened Lydia’s Heart (Acts 16:14)

I will always hold and treasure a pilgrimage to Greece that I led under the theme of “following the footsteps of St. Paul.” Our group’s first stop was Philippi. Philippi was named for the emperor Philip II, who was the father of Alexander the Great. As a result, this city was a “colony” of Rome

Read More »