Wording With Purpose

Serve in Love

Serve in Love

  The New Testament teaches that God has placed within each believer one or more spiritual gifts. Spiritual gifts are abilities given by the Holy Spirit for the believer to use in ministering to the body of Christ. The gifts are only effective when we utilize them in service of others. The greatest happiness, the […]

Duracell – Another Icon Crumbles

Duracell – Another Icon Crumbles

From my childhood I recall that batteries often leaked and destroyed the equipment they were intended to power. I lost more than one toy to the corrosive nature of acid. Duracell, the copper top battery, arrived on the scene and forced manufacturers to up their games. Duracell offered two perks. Their battery life exceeded that […]

Called to Serve

Called to Serve

Among the closest followers of Jesus there existed an ongoing debate about who would be the greatest in the coming kingdom. James and John attempted an end run around the other disciples, and in a semi-private session with Jesus they asked specifically for the top two slots (Mark 10:35-37). Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 20:20-21) shares the […]

Spiritual Blind Spots

Spiritual Blind Spots

A mentor shared this gem, “We can’t solve the problem until we can identify it.” The context was our debugging of a newly designed and vastly complex circuit board, but his words apply in the broader scope of life. I’ll never recognize the need for a solution until the problem comes into focus. At the […]

Churchiness

Churchiness

During a sermon on the presence of God I sensed something was missing. Around me that morning people flitted in an out like butterflies searching for the mother lode of nectar. I feared a shrinking-bladder epidemic had infested the congregation as evidenced by the steady stream of pilgrims searching for the exit. (Note: expectant mothers […]

It’s What Dads Do

It’s What Dads Do

The role of dad changes as children mature into adulthood. Today my bond-strengthening opportunities with my daughters usually begin with a question, “Hey, Dad, can we…?” Oh, the joy of yet another project to plan and implement. Whether it is a shop episode, a home repair challenge, or a garden undertaking, I stand ready to […]

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