Of Flags and Furnaces

“As a pastor, how are you helping your people navigate all of this?” This was the question a friend asked me earlier this week over coffee in response to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the Star-Spangled Banner that has spread across the NFL—and even reaching Pop Warner leagues and even the MLB. In all honesty, I […]

Completing, Not Finding

“Consider it a pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”—James 1:2-5 NIV James opens his epistle with the exhortation to endure the […]

The Comma Matters

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose […]

From Witness to With-ness

Becoming flesh and blood admittedly sounds grotesque. The shock of the statement’s morbidity is however, appropriate for understanding the scandal of Jesus’ restorative work within our world. Defying our natural sensibilities, this act that Jesus invites His followers to embody is one of particular presence. Meaning, Jesus did not haphazardly meander through our world. Instead, […]

The Localized Church

As I have noted before, I grew up with a lot of animals. My dad collected everything from bizarre reptiles to unmentionable creepy crawlies. Yet, some of the first creatures curated in the zoo that was our living room were exotic fish. Bright in vibrant colors, I was completely spellbound by another world contained within […]

Identity Idolatry

I am just going to come right out and say it. The string has run out on young Evangelicals’ obsession with identity. More and more, I am convinced that the proliferation of our current pop-theology mantra has duped many in the Church to unwittingly making an idol of self, under the guise of “discovering who […]

As Family We Go Field Notes

“I’ve got something to ask you.” Night after night, we stand in the lobby at the conclusion of the show to hear people’s stories, pray, and answer questions about As Family We Go. Still, whenever someone leads off the conversation with that statement, it can go sideways pretty quickly. Bracing for an awkward turn, I […]

Hope in the Desert

My back was in agony from a full day of contorting in my seat—as is often typical aboard an airplane. Cancelled flights, long layovers, and a transit from one side of the country to the other had taken its toll and all I could think about was climbing into my bunk on the bus and […]