Reflections on Good Friday, Easter and the Virginia Tech shooting

In our culture, April 15 is always awful, simply because it’s Tax Day. However, when the church calendar falls like it does today, this “in-between” day can be a day of sober yet joyful reflection. It’s in-between Good Friday and Easter. In addition, for those of us in Blacksburg, Virginia, it is a weekend of remembrance. It’s the 10-year anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings that killed 32.

Thoughts on determining God’s will

A sermon I preached on March 27, 2017 seemed to resonate with many, and I had a lot of comments about it from members and guests. I’ve provided a link to the sermon for listening, but here are some thoughts from the message about how NOT to determine God’s will (and also some thoughts on how TO determine God’s will).

5 reasons to invite someone to church

Many Christians don’t have the skills or confidence to have even low-depth spiritual conversations with people of different beliefs. Asking them to invite without a relational foundation—it’s like kissing before the first date. It’s unnatural and awkward for all parties involved. “If you have not taken the time to get to know me, why do you think I’ll go to church with you?” Consider these five reasons to invite someone to your church.

Surprising deliverance. Is Donald Trump similar to King Cyrus?

How does U.S. President Donald Trump resemble 6th century BC King Cyrus of Persia? If you want a quick history lesson and an interesting comparison, read on.

Graturday

Some posts are worth re-writing. A gratitude list never gets old, and it reminds you of simple and precious things.

Three attitudes that will change your life: Choose joy

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Feel free to leave comments. Your participation enriches the site!The first two attitudes I covered were Assume the Best and Be Gracious. In this last entry of this series, I’m attempting to share what I believe is only possible for people of …

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Lunch convos: Biking to work and quicksand

It was August 2016. I was eating with a few fellow staffers from my church at a Mexican restaurant in Blacksburg. We usually laugh constantly together at inane and even insane comments. This particular lunch made me realize that I should take notes of comments made for blog purposes. They will either produce a chuckle, …

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Northstar Church’s 2016 highlight video

Check out the highlight video from Northstar Church’s 2016 year of ministry. It was shown at our annual State of the Church Sunday.

Three attitudes that will change your life: Be gracious

The second post in this series focuses on the choice to “be gracious.” Being gracious is the attitude you adopt when the time has passed for assuming the best. Practicing courtesy when you’re wounded is not a default for the human heart.

Three attitudes that will change your life: Assume the best

This is the first of three in a series. Each of these three attitudes have been tried and tested in my own life this past year, and – every. single. time. – they’ve proven to elevate my perspective and enable me to embrace peace instead of stress in difficult situations. The first: Assume the Best.