Soul Whispering Snapshot: Parkor

Sitting down to watch American Ninja Warrior with my son, I picked up a new term: Parkor. My son embellished its street-running pedigree describing it as, “Traveling the distance between two points in a way that is most complicated.” Did you, like me, have trouble wrapping your head around this concept? It is a cross-training […]

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A Titanic Mistake

I can surmise a few things about movie icon James Cameron. Most notably, he must be a very rich man having produced and directed two little box office booms: Titanic and Avatar! The other day, I learned something much more telling of him in his follow-up documentary: Titanic: The Final Word With James Cameron. Having […]

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Blessing and Burden

I’m back with a blog! My hiatus from the blogosphere gave me a chance to finalize the Soul Whisperer manuscript. Praise God, it’s now done! I thought it fitting with this first returning blog to share some of my intimate thoughts on the book. First off, getting the opportunity to chase a dream like this […]

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Puzzling Through Life

This past Christmas I got the brilliant idea of doing a large puzzle. Perusing the Barnes & Noble shelves, I found an exquisite seascape with a large dolphin and tortoise. It was perfect—just what I was looking for, and only a mere three thousand pieces. Laying it out on our family room table I told […]

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Soul Whispering Snapshot #3: Go Deep

Tawny tells me about her conversation with Armenian friend Dacia, who quickly shuts down her attempt to discuss faith. Armenians, by the way, are proudly Christian in the fact that they adopted Christianity even before Constantine. Yet Tawny senses her Christianity is merely cultural and not real. She asks me one night after our community […]

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Boycott “Christ-Like” – Part II

In follow-up to my “Boycott Christ-like” blog, I received a comment that too many use the term “Christian” improperly as well. Certainly, this is true. Many “cultural Christians” are not believers. Yet I found myself wanting to add a clarification to his comment that is important. A Christian is one by faith, not behavior. Otherwise, […]

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The Power of Your Presence

Over the past years, I have taught Christians a Faith-Sharing Skills course. One of the issues facing the church today is how isolated Christians can get from non-believers. In every class, I ask participants to step up into the life of a non-Christian by connecting on a regular basis. Without this positioning, we do not […]

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Training Circle

In the movie, The Mask of Zorro, the original “Z”, played by Anthony Hopkins, instructs his younger replacement, Antonio Banderas, in the training circle. According to his swashbuckling wisdom, it is futile to control anything beyond one’s immediate sphere. Yet if one focuses inside a tight radius, he can deal with everything coming from outside […]

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Soul Whispering Snapshot #2: Fence Jumping

I am astounded at how impotent the church remains in mission. The other day in our community group, Tawny shared of a friend’s encounter with a Muslim who had given her a Koran. Seeing what had occurred, the husband reacted angrily, telling his wife to give it back! I know that many would think it […]

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Boycott “Christ-like?”

When was the last time you heard someone describe another as “Christ-like?” I have wondered if we use the term far too loosely. My issue is this. It is entirely possible in the modern church to teach the idea of Christ-likeness devoid of mission. This shouldn’t be! Can you be Christ-like without possessing his most […]

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