“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 As a parent I genuinely hope that I’m passing on the right kind of lessons to my children. Sometimes, however, they end up […]Read more "Motivating Monday -The Good Road"
“See caring ministry as Incarnational.” – H.B. London The mind-numbing monotony of our daily chores can sometimes make tackling our Monday mornings feel like making the harrowing climb to the peak of Mt. Everest. The key is to find deep meaning in all we do – even the small stuff. In other words, we need […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Incarnational Service"
“A visually-oriented culture needs a visually-oriented church if it is to evangelize effectively and to give the congregation a culturally up-to-date experience.” – John E. Skillen From the beginning, great art has always been inspired by religion and religious ceremonies have been greatly enhanced through worshipful art. It is a relationship which simply makes sense, […]Read more "Putting Art (Back) In Its Place… A Book in Review"
Photo Credit: Hope by Martin Grommel We’re officially three weeks into the school year, and things have become more hectic than ever. After losing two school directors in four months, having the school vandalized, and having a water line burst and flood one of our buildings in six inches of water, it’s been a […]Read more "Finding Hope in the Darkness"
“Stand firm in the LORD” – I Peter 5:9 Our market-driven culture has trained our hearts to be discontent, and most of us will spend our lives constantly trying to dream more, to do more, and to be more. We all fall into this trap. While our efforts to succeed may very well motivate us […]Read more "Steady Standing"
Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. An admitted Trekkie, I went into official mourning last week as my wife and I watched the concluding […]Read more "What I Learned from “Star Trek Enterprise”"
The planned scope of the paintings will combine into a kind of contemplative space for people to encounter God for themselves. I can’t wait to see them. – Michael Frost, Author, Morling Theological College, Sydney This project takes the viewer on a visual journey of God’s love and sacrifice, his faithfulness and mercy, juxtaposed with […]Read more "Christian Artist Feature – Michael Henderson and the Living Art Project"
It was Friday night. I was wrapping up my last class of the day, anxious to do something fun with my evening. That’s when I got a call from our local police dispatcher. “Pastor, there’s been a death, and the wife of the deceased is not in her right mind. She’s asking for the Baptist […]Read more "The Power of Being There"
The other day I was with my four-year-old son in the yard when we noticed an airplane zooming overhead. “If you could fly anywhere in the whole world, where would you go?” I asked. Without hesitating, he cried gleefully, “McDonald’s!” I laughed, but realized that because of his limited experiences, that probably was the […]Read more "Dreaming Bigger"
We all dream of accomplishing great things, but how often do we consider the dramatic importance of all the small things along the way? I encountered a perfect example of this while reading a book by Ted Cruz, the presidential hopeful, called “A Time for Truth.” The senator’s wife, Heidi, was shocked when she left […]Read more "Taking Pride in the Small Stuff"