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America was founded on a desire for freedom. Our national holiday to commemorate this event is called Independence Day.

This particular Fourth of July feels very different. Most places will not celebrate with fireworks and the United States of America may be as divided as ever.

As many of us think of freedom and independence over this holiday, I’d like to remind us of the truest form of freedom.

It is very popular to express our freedoms and our rights. The right to free speech, the right to bear arms, and the right to vote.

Combine these Constitutional rights with our human propensity to be self centered and think of ourselves first. Very quickly, something as beautiful as freedom can show its dark side.

A quick glance at the headlines reveals of the fruits which stem from an over emphasis on freedom and independence.

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Meek is Not Weak

June 2, 2020

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth”

Matthew 5:5

This has been a rough week, a hard month, and a year that keeps throwing roundhouse rights.

I’ve been meditating on the Sermon on the Mount and the Beattitudes. The verse I’ve quoted is one which I feel is very timely for us as a church.

At face value, these words cause us to furrow our brow and wonder what Jesus was talking about. The word meek in English is one we are not familiar with.

In English, meek means enduring injury without resentment, deficient in spirit or courage, easily imposed upon, weak, submissive.

Not exactly a word which inspires us. Our definition of either masculinity or femininity would reject this picture.

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What is at Stake?

December 2, 2018

When we returned to America as a family 18 months ago, it came as a surprise. Coming into my role as a missions and local outreach pastor, I did not have a set strategy or preset plan.

I had to come with the eyes of a missionary to my “home”. I was a stranger in my own land.

Here are few things I observed about America as I returned, coupled with some thoughts on how we can interact with this reality.

1. The World is Flat.

No, this is not a conspiracy theory, rather an observation of all the traditional missions needs. Issues like poverty, human trafficking, and pain are not “over there, international” issues, but are present right outside our door. Missions no longer requires a passport, it can be done in our own communities.

2018 Top Books Read!

November 22, 2018

It’s time for the annual list of the top books I have read in 2018. This has become a tradition on Thanksgiving/ Black Friday / Cyber Monday / and whatever they will call Tuesday and Wednesday in the future!

Without further ado….here are the top books I’ve read this year.

People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue

People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue

This is hands down the best book on this difficult issue. Preston Sprinkle covers the Biblical passages that do and don’t apply in a thorough yet readable style. The first two-thirds is a Biblical journey. The last third of the book is worth its weight in gold as he explores pastoral responses. A must read!

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

Top Books Read in 2017

November 24, 2017

Below is a list of the top books I have read in 2017. I’d recommend these as gift ideas or for your own personal growth.

Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church

Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church

This is the best leadership book I have read in some time. Fuller Seminary studies growing churches and how to keep young people in church. Their insights are very timely for the missions organization I previously served with and the church I now work with.

 

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself