How would you respond to the Rich Young Ruler?

A couple of weeks ago, at Mercyview Church (the church of which I am a member in Tulsa, OK), one of our Elders, Brad Andrews, challenged us with God’s Word.  We’re walking through a series called No Other Gods in which we’re exploring the common idols of the heart prevalent in our culture and evenContinue reading “How would you respond to the Rich Young Ruler?”

Why You Should Love Sin

I was thinking today about sin.  I think for most of us, whether Christian or not, we don’t like sin.  By that, I mean we don’t like the idea of sin.  We don’t like it that there is a word that means what sin means.  We don’t like being told that we sin, have sinned,Continue reading “Why You Should Love Sin”

Ambition for Christian Leaders

We are hearing much recently of the negative impact of ungodly ambition in Christian leaders.  It is so disheartening.  I was reflecting this morning, however, that this is not new in any way.  It’s as old as Eden.  We want to be like God.  Even wonderful Christian men can wake up and find that theyContinue reading “Ambition for Christian Leaders”

Three Sides of Suffering

Friends, it’s been a couple of weeks since a post on my sabbatical reflections.  There are many ah-ha moments from the sabbatical that are noteworthy, but I’m not sure how to write about many of them.  Frankly, some of them probably are meant to stay between me and the Lord.  Having said that, I doContinue reading “Three Sides of Suffering”

Parachurch Leaders – Rethinking Our Spiritual Authority

Tim was a part of a group of passionate young believers on campus.  He was being discipled by a Christian just a couple of years older than he was.  One day, Tim’s discipler came to him and said, “we’ve all decided that we’re moving to California.  Get ready, we’re leaving in a week.”  The assumptionContinue reading “Parachurch Leaders – Rethinking Our Spiritual Authority”

Single Men – Manage Your Household Well

In 1 Timothy 3, Paul writes of (potential) elders in the church: “4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?”  At first blush, we might think that this is onlyContinue reading “Single Men – Manage Your Household Well”

Seven Times a Day do I Praise You

During my sabbatical, I wanted to try a new spiritual discipline, and I chose fixed-hour prayer.  Fixed-hour prayer can mean many things depending on person/group, but what they all have in common is that at specific times during the day, you stop what you are doing and pray.  Here are some variations on that: FolksContinue reading “Seven Times a Day do I Praise You”

Opportunity Cost – Focus + Time

So, yesterday, I talked about multitasking and how I’m leaving it behind.  Well, this post will be short because I’m piggy backing off of yesterday’s in order to say that you can waste time in two ways.  As we saw yesterday, you can multitask it and lose it by not being available, attentive, present toContinue reading “Opportunity Cost – Focus + Time”

Killing it at Multitasking OR Being Killed by Multitasking

Well, I promised that I would be sharing lessons learned from my sabbatical with you.  You’ll notice as we walk through these over the following days/weeks, that some will be pretty basic lessons (perhaps that I should have learned years ago) while others will be deeper waters.  Some spiritual, some habitual (though with spiritual ramifications). Continue reading “Killing it at Multitasking OR Being Killed by Multitasking”