Meditating on a Tattoo

 Recently I was in a conversation with an older, conservative pastor and he was explaining why he thought it wasn’t good to put tattoos on our bodies that are meant to be temples for the Holy Spirit. Granted some tattooing is excessive and unappealing, but still I was uncomfortable with him making that judgment. I…

Scripture Memory

We are transformed to be more like Christ through the renewing of our minds in God’s Word (Romans 12:1-2). Scripture memory is an indispensable aid for the the Christian. Consider the example of Jesus and how he interacted with Scripture: “As often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer” (Luke 5:16, MSG).  And…

Servant Leadership

The best and most helpful book you’ll find on leadership has never been on a best-seller list. It was written way back 1896 by a famous South African pastor and teacher. It’s only only 76 pages long, but it’s chock full of inspiring Biblical wisdom. It trumps all the highly touted successful leadership strategies of our day —…

Remembering Robert H. Schuller

When I knew Robert H. Schuller from afar I judged him negatively. I was writing a thesis paper on integrating Christian spirituality and psychology and I criticized the “Self-Esteem Theology” of the famous television preacher and author. A few months before I finished that paper and graduated from college I was shocked to learn on my…

A-B-I-D-E: The Experience of Knowing Christ Today

What does it really mean to know Christ today? Knowing Christ is not mere head knowledge about the Bible and Christian doctrine. Nor is it just having emotions. To know the Lord Jesus Christ certainly includes intelligent thinking and having feelings, but it is primarily a spiritual experience with the reality of the living God.…

Discouraged Pastors

Over half of pastors are discouraged right now. It’s similar for all kinds of ministry leaders. (You may not consider yourself a “ministry leader” but if you think about your relationships as a ministry of being salt and light for Jesus then I’m sure that you will relate to the problem of discouragement in ministry.)…

Forgive and Be Set Free!

“Forgive and forget,” some say. “Just let it go to God and move on,” urge others. Often it’s not that easy. Maybe you grew up in a family in which it wasn’t okay to express anger. Or the pain and violation seem too great. Or you’re not sure how to forgive. Read on and you’ll…