It’s Saturday evening and some of us are preparing for a much anticipated night out. We just got back from the car wash and we’ve picked out our snazziest outfits. Maybe we’ve made reservations to that restaurant someone recommended. Or maybe we are going with the flow, seeing where the wind will blow us tonight. … Continue reading Appreciating the Worshipers
Gettin’ Happy, Not High
The best and healthiest way to manage the negative emotions we experience in life is surrending to the Holy Spirit and Gettin' Happy.
The Power of Worship
Recently my wife Nina retired after a 36.5 year career, and received a lot of accolades from co-workers celebrating her. Much of the celebration involved people publicly and privately proclaiming how she has helped them in their careers and personal lives. She has had a significant positive impact on them and they wanted her to … Continue reading The Power of Worship
Mama Said, “Go to Church!”
My mama used to make me go to church when I was a kid. It’s not that I didn’t want to go – I didn’t hate it – but I had other stuff I preferred. A few months ago my mother reminded me of that. She didn’t come out and say it – probably didn’t … Continue reading Mama Said, “Go to Church!”
The Journey – Intentional Christianity
A young man named Andre went to church one Sunday and sat in the last row. Things hadn’t been going well for him since his grandmother passed away a few weeks earlier. After the choir sang a song, the preacher started talking, and Andre listened. Before long something strange began to happen. It seemed like … Continue reading The Journey – Intentional Christianity
The New & Improved ELL Word!
It has been almost 4 years since I originally began publishing The ELL Word blog. A lot has happened in the world since July 2013 and some of those things have been written about on this site. But like going through high school, after 4 years it's probably time to step things up. So I … Continue reading The New & Improved ELL Word!
Confession of a Church Hopper
I've been a member of 6 churches in my 22 years of Christian life. I'm not necessarily proud of that, but it's a fact. In these 6 churches, I've served in a variety of capacities, mostly leadership, but never as the guy with my name on the sign. In each case I was looking for … Continue reading Confession of a Church Hopper
3 things I know
Twenty two years ago this past Sunday, I committed my life to Christ. On that Sunday morning, I heard the Gospel and responded by walking to the front of the church, shaking the Pastor's hand, and repeating a prayer. That day my life changed, but not in the same way that I thought it would. … Continue reading 3 things I know
What Would Jesus Do – Homosexuality
"He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." - John 8:7 (NASB) What would Jesus say about same-sex marriage, or homosexuality overall? That’s a provocative question, isn’t it? But it’s a different question than “what does the Bible say about it?” Before you get all theological … Continue reading What Would Jesus Do – Homosexuality