The best and healthiest way to manage the negative emotions we experience in life is surrending to the Holy Spirit and Gettin' Happy.
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
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!”
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
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!
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
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
"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