I almost had lunch at Chick Fil A today, but found a Groupon for somewhere else. I haven’t been in a long time, but almost going there today made me think about everything that went on with them a couple of weeks ago. It made me wonder how many of the Christians who went [...]
Is it to have an uplifting Christian experience? Is it to hear music that stirs your emotions? Is it to receive interesting teaching that engages your mind? Is it to meet with other people, and be encouraged by friends?
Many churches provide these things, and provide [...]
I just returned from another youth mission trip, which meant that I was away from “normal” life and “normal” church for ten days. I’ve been on four of these trips with the youth, and every time, I return feeling that our normal church routine is lacking, and I find it hard to [...]
I mentioned yesterday that as Tim Sanders took the stage, since I had read a little bit about his background and his message, I was ready to dismiss much of what he was going to say as more of the same self-help jargon (I am now ashamed to say). Then I started thinking: [...]
Last week, I had the privilege of attending, on someone else’s dime, no less, the ReCreate Conference in Franklin, TN. I am so utterly overwhelmed with work right now that if I could have backed out of attending the conference, I think I would have. I didn’t, and I can’t express how glad I am [...]
You’ve had moments when you wanted something that you knew you shouldn’t want. You wanted to do or say or see something that God has told you to avoid. Have you also had moments when you couldn’t see why God commands you to avoid the thing you were wanting? Have [...]
We’ve had a heck of a summer in Texas, weather-wise, with record breaking drought and heat, and although I’ve lived in Texas my whole life, I’ve never adjusted to the hot summers, even the normal summers. That means that by this time of the year, I’m eagerly anticipating the arrival of autumn, not just for [...]
Wow. When I started this blog, I didn’t think I’d wind up talking about the church so much, but that’s how it’s shaping up so far. My goal with these posts isn’t to complain, but to diagnose, toward the end of, hopefully, working toward something better. Again, I invite you to read the Prologue to [...]
If you haven’t read part one of this series, then please read at least the Prologue in that post, so that you will know what my objective is with these posts, and from what perspective they are written.
The senior pastor here where I work has a really great singing voice, and people [...]
Prologue to the Vital Signs Posts
Roughly ten years ago, my career shifted rather unexpectedly from “systems administrator” to “full time church employee.” Once I started working for the church, I began to think a lot more than I ever had about just what the Church is, how we need to be functioning, and what [...]