3 Ways To See Another Instead Of An Other

Biologically speaking, you are 99.9% identical to any other human being on this planet and yet that final 0.1% makes a huge difference, doesn’t it? That final tenth of a percent creates diversity in our hair color, eye color, skin color, height, predisposition to various diseases, or immunity to other…

Women: Forerunners To A Great Movement

When I was a youth, there was one individual whose life and legacy set the tone for my own calling in ministry. That  person served in the children’s ministry at the church I grew up attending. What made her presence there unique is that she was there not because the…

To Be or To Do: That Is The Question.

Take 30 seconds. Close your eyes. Think of the leader who has had the most impact on your life. Stop. Do not read on until you’ve identified someone. Take another 30 seconds. Close your eyes. Answer this question. Was that person’s impact on your life due to what they did…

In and Out of Season

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season. – 2 Timothy 4:2 Never in my life has it felt more out of season than this year. A global pandemic that has altered every aspect of life, including church life, ever-deepening partisan divides that amount to fundamentalism on…

Are We Bigger Than A Building?

Pastoring in this pandemic has been challenging for me and I have personally been praying that God would give me a real sense of what we call fellowship. What I have come to realize is that I have always thought fellowship and the Church was all about being in a building. I…

The Two Biggest Challenges Of Multicultural Ministry

NOTE: This post was written right before COVID-19 shut most things down and we had to bank it in order to cover pandemic related content. With the backdrop of racial turmoil currently sweeping our nation, it serves to highlight the critical importance of tackling this challenging area of the church’s…

Should We Ask Forgiveness?

As a child, I remember having literal fist-fights with my older brother. When I reached the age and strength in which I could finally defend myself, I was fully engaged in sibling warfare. Yet, no matter how emotional or physical it got, we were forced by our parents to do…

Fathers, Ask for Their Heart (And, Preachers, Write a Poem)

I sympathize with fellow church leaders who wrestle with what to do at church on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Some of us avoid them altogether, as if they didn’t exist, while others craft the sermon, even the service, around the day. I once heard a pastor remark that those…

Confessions From A White Pastor In Suburbia

To My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I pray this finds you well and trusting in our God more so than ever before. The events of this past week have left many of us speechless, in tears and horrified that there could be such hatred and violence directed towards…

Crossing The Finish Line

  In the fall of 2019, our son texted me this picture indicating he had just completed a marathon in Leadville, CO.  A few minutes after sending the text he called and breathlessly told me that he had run the race with a time that qualified him to compete in…

What Is Shaped In Solitude and Stillness?

Stillness. Quiet. Solitude. Sometimes when I invite solitude into my day, or it forces itself on me, I think about my grandmothers, Lucy Jones and Emma Martin. Both were mothers to 13 children. Believe it or not, I remember a quietness and a sense of stillness about both of them.…

What Is Essential?

I bet you’ve been using words you never thought you would use – quarantine, social distancing, pandemic, non-essential. In today’s post, Tony Balsamo is talking about what is actually essential during this time that we couldn’t have expected. Join us for a time of guided prayer and worship on Saturday,…

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