What a joy it was to celebrate Easter with my spiritual and physical families yesterday! But the joy of Easter continues... Because the hope of Easter gives me the courage and clarity I need in order to persevere in this fallen and broken world. As my friend Chris Altrock writes in his book, Newsworthy:Nine Ways … Continue reading Easter Continues
This past weekend the most well-known golf tournament in the world was played at a course in Augusta, Georgia. The course is called Augusta National Golf Club and the tournament is called The Masters. This year, my wife and I were fortunate enough to attend the Wednesday practice round and Par 3 Contest that takes … Continue reading Leadership Lessons from The Masters
I have a friend who is going through a challenging season due to a difficult (and unpopular) decision he had to make for the long-term profitability of his company. I sent him a message of encouragement to bolster his spirits and, in his reply to me, he wrote, "It's not so bad knowing I did … Continue reading Doing the Right Thing for the Right Reason
This is an article written by Josh Howerton, whose bio appears at the end of this article. Let’s begin with a caveat. Nothing in the following paragraphs indicates that every church is healthy or that there aren’t issues for self-reflection and repentance. Far from it. Churches aren’t programs or buildings––they’re people. And people are messy, … Continue reading Christianity is Good for the World
This morning, as I was driving to work, I intentionally did some things to get my mind ready for what I was about to do. I was on my way to a training for a group of high-level leaders from across the state where I, and my team, would be talking with them about how … Continue reading How I Get Ready for Work
As I was watching TV last night, a bold graphic accompanied by distinctive music interrupted the show that was playing and declared, "Breaking News." It was breaking news about a broken world. Russia has invaded Ukraine. And now, there is another war in the world. There is more violence in the world. There is more … Continue reading Breaking News (A Prayer)
On Sunday mornings at Alameda, I am preaching a series that addresses frequently asked questions about the Bible. The most recent sermon considered the question, "How did we get our Bible?" Due to the time constraints of one sermon, I was only able to give a simplified sketch of how we got the Bible; so, … Continue reading How Did We Get Our Bible?
My daughter in college recently tested positive for COVID and has been quarantining at home with us, which means that my wife and I have also been quarantining at home. So, I wasn't able to preach live at Alameda on Sunday. It was too late in the week to find someone else to preach for … Continue reading Who Can You Encourage This Week?
Yesterday I got the news that a good friend of mine, whom I affectionately called "The Big Guy," passed away. David Beegle was the Executive Director of The Resource Center at Impact Church of Christ in Houston. He was also an instrumental figure in Impact's recovery ministry. But that's not what David did for a … Continue reading Goodbye To The Big Guy
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and he once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" And, on this day, I can't help but add to that quote and ask, "What are you doing for others who are different than you?" But the responding question you might … Continue reading What Are You Doing For Others?