Am I Enough

Am I Enough?

Am I enough?  Nope. At least that’s how I often feel.  And I have lived with this feeling of being “not enough” for most of my life. As a kid, I always felt like I was on the outside looking in.  I felt like I wasn’t cool enough, or athletic enough, or smart enough, or…

Logos 9 Bible Study Software Review

Logos 9 Bible Study Software Review

Logos 9 Bible study software offers some really great features and improvements over Logos 8.  But the short of it is this:  Logos 9 helps you craft really great sermons! I’m going to keep this short, so I’m just going to share with you two of my favorite features. (Click HERE if you want to…

The End of Us vs. Them

The End of “Us” vs. “Them”

“Us” vs. “Them.”  It’s how most people see the world.  Another word for this is tribalism.  And, apparently, tribalism comes quite naturally to us.  Here’s what a study titled Tribalism Is Human Nature says: Humans evolved in the context of intense intergroup competition, and groups comprised of loyal members more often succeeded than those that…

Tempered Resilience Book Review

Tempered Resilience Book Review

Tempered Resilience, by Tod Bolsinger, helps leaders step into the challenge of adaptive change with health, strength, and confidence. In Canoeing the Mountains, Bolsinger showed pastors, leaders, and churches what to do in order to lead adaptively in uncharted times.  In Tempered Resilience, he shows us how to be and become the kind of person…

What is Pre-Christendom?

What is Pre-Christendom?

What is Pre-Christendom? Pre-Christendom is the era of Christianity lasting from the time of Jesus until 312 C.E. when the Roman Emperor Constantine became a Christian. It is called Pre-Christendom because it preceded the Christendom era, the years when Christianity was at the center of Western culture. In the years following the life of Jesus,…

Personal Rights and the Common Good, protestors

Personal Rights and the Common Good

Let me ask you a question. What’s more important, my personal rights or the common good? We could put it in more specific terms. What’s more important: My right to bear arms or the safety of school children who are often the targets of mass shootings? My right to not wear a mask or the…

Lament for 2020, Police and Protestor pray together

A Lament for 2020

A Year of Suffering I’m a white male.  What that means is that I’m a person for whom neither the color of my skin nor my gender have ever been an obstacle.  I’ve had other obstacles, but not those. And so there’s a part of me that feels unqualified to speak into the current moment. …