Answering God with the Psalms

I recently finished reading Eugene Peterson’s Answering God: The Psalms as a Tool for Prayer. Peterson is best known for The Message Bible translation and well known among pastors (at least the circles I run in) for his calls to obedience to Christ and the interior life. I’ve been on a protracted Peterson kick forContinue reading “Answering God with the Psalms”

A Prayer for Today

Let me face what you send with the strength you supply;When you make what I do effective, help me to ensure that your word is effective in my heart;When you call me to go through the dark valley, do not let me persuade myself that I know a way around;Help me not to refuse anyContinue reading “A Prayer for Today”

Discussing Disputable Matters

Controversial Biblical and theological matters can be a test of a church’s community and ability to practice graceful and respectful conversation. It can also be an opportunity for a community to define themselves theologically and experience the fellowship that accompanies healthy dialogue. Unfortunately, many Christians seem completely unable to listen graciously and dialogue respectfully aboutContinue reading “Discussing Disputable Matters”

Like a Burn on My Leg

Since my heart episode and subsequent surgery this winter, I’ve been in counseling. (Yes, a pastor has been in counseling. But that’s a different subject for a different post.) It’s been hard. It’s been eyeopening. It’s been helpful. It’s reaffirmed my belief that people benefit from someone walking with them when they’re experiencing hard times.Continue reading “Like a Burn on My Leg”

An Ode to a Home

For the past six years, you’ve been our home. You were our first truly adult decision and purchase. We brought our two kids home for the first time to you. We’ve laughed, cried, sheltered, played, and worked within your walls. You’ve been the place we’ve grown and nourished friendships. You were our haven during lockdownContinue reading “An Ode to a Home”

On Approaching Culture

I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sentContinue reading “On Approaching Culture”

Seizing Moments of Transition

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” — Col 3.23 Everyone experiences transitions from one thing to another. We put down the old (or have it wrenched from us) and pick up the things. No one can live a completely sedentary life (nor would that be good for us).Continue reading “Seizing Moments of Transition”

Check Out the Arise Church Podcast

If you’re a fan of podcasting, check out the Arise Church Podcast, where we talk about church life, church planting, social media, COVID, sermons, and much more. It’s a fun time and host Roger Jackson does a great job of keeping things fun and informative. Check us out on Apple Podcasts   Want to learnContinue reading “Check Out the Arise Church Podcast”