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.
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.
Some posts are worth re-writing. A gratitude list never gets old, and it reminds you of simple and precious things.
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 faith. In the previous two entries, I’ve said: As a follower of Jesus and a preacher, I could supply biblical foundations for each of the attitudes in this series and …
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, …
Check out the highlight video from Northstar Church’s 2016 year of ministry. It was shown at our annual State of the Church Sunday.
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.
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.
This is my annual “year-in-review” blog post, in bullet-point fashion. From a sermon in a slanket to the Razorbacks winning the first half of the Belk Bowl, it’s been 365 day of unexpected goodness and wonder, even amid grief and longing.
Here are my top books that I read in 2016. According to my GoodReads account, I read 28 books in 2016. “Rejoicing in Christ” tops the list.