I need community. Real, authentic, biblical community. Not because I’m an extrovert and get energized by being around people. Not because I need more friends. Not because I’m looking for people to hang out with. These are not reasons I need community. I need … Continue reading 3 benefits of authentic community
I was a freshman at Union University when I heard Dr. Bryant Hicks, professor of missions at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, speak in a chapel service on the subject, “Who ought to go as missionaries?” That was 30-something years ago. His answer has … Continue reading Who ought to go as missionaries?
My favorite time of year has arrived. Football season is in full swing. College basketball is gearing up. The air is turning crisp. The leaves are turning. The holidays are just around the corner. That can mean only one thing: … Continue reading 5 reasons we pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes as a family
My pastor needs prayer, and so does yours. Every pastor needs prayer. The apostle Paul acknowledged repeatedly that he needed the church to pray for him. He appealed to the Romans: “strive together with me in your prayers to God … Continue reading 10 ways I’m praying for my pastor
I pray daily for my children. To be honest, though, my prayers too often fall short. They fall short because they focus only on immediate concerns, like behavioral issues, a good day at school, or good health. There’s nothing wrong … Continue reading 17 things to pray for your children
“God’s favorite color is blue,” she said matter-of-factly. “Why?” “Because that’s my Daddy’s favorite color.” I wonder what other characteristics of mine my 5-year-old daughter has projected on God. I wonder if she would say … “God is kind, because … Continue reading A father’s influence on his child’s perception of God
For more than 30 years I have served as a church leader in some capacity—as pastor, missionary, denominational worker, and as a lay person. I am also an introvert. Church leader. Introvert. To some people, those two things are a … Continue reading Why the church needs to pay attention to introverts