Oscars Observations

Being a self-declared movie buff, I have a penchant for the Oscars. As a pastor who is trying to be culturally in-tune, I have viewed this event as a window to the popular culture. From year to year, you never know what you might pick up. So, here is my take on this year’s red […]

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Peer Learning

One of the ways to increase faith-sharing effectiveness is to allow Christians to learn from each other. Peer or “experienced based” learning gives others a chance to hear about “live” interactions. It takes us away from irrelevant didactic teaching and moves us into the more intuitive skills of relating. Forming a missions group in your […]

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Getting Out There!

While coaching one of our Network’s church planters, he tells me of his recent trip to the Grand Canyon, and a poignant moment that stirred him. He and his wife decided to join the crowd of paying customers to experience the multi-million dollar Grand Canyon Skywalk. Perhaps you have heard of the protruding over-the-edge glass […]

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Realigning Dreams

In the famous first calling of the disciples, Jesus the carpenter meets fisherman on their turf (Luke 5:1–11). Bypassing conversation about boards, nails and hammers, he offers a simple invitation to fish, once more. It is just the fact that Jesus fulfills their greatest fishing dream that makes his call so compelling. How many times […]

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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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Signature Jesus: Learning from the life of Christ

The last two weeks at Co+op we have had the opportunity to hear from two great guest speakers: Pastor Nathan Brown and Gary Comer. Pastor Nathan spoke on “Satan’s Will for Your Life” where he highlighted the tactics of Satan. Such tactics included, emotional bankruptcy, and lies. Lies of inadequacy and entitlement. All Satan wants is for […]

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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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