Going Solo is Dangerous, Take a Chewie With You!

I recently found myself relating to a few themes that I have found in Star Wars. I guess that shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering the recent release of “The Force Awakens” but I think I have some grace given that I’ve named my daughter after THE Star Wars Princess and once named a dog Yoda. So, here is the first in a coming series of Star Wars Related Posts.

I love Star Wars, and I couldn’t help but be struck by the reality that Chewbacca and Han have an incredibly unique relationship Continue reading

Becoming a “Master Leader” as a Pastor

I’m a pastor and have been for over 10 years, I love doing what I do. Teaching, preaching and building others up, walking 1586016_300x300with others and helping find ways to meet their needs are all parts of what I do. But there was a problem, in the midst of all the ministry and caring there was something that I didn’t learn in school and, quite frankly, had never seen effectively exemplified in the churches I had been a part of. That problem was in the area of leadership.

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God ALWAYS gives me MORE than I can handle

I was listening to the radio today and heard “I’m reminded that God never gives me more than I can handle when I listen your station.” I hate hearing that. It’s entirely misleading and untrue! We will ALWAYS have to face MORE than we can handle.

Here are some ways that this statement completely damages our understanding of God and faith:Kirche

1. We blame God. The statement suggests that all of the bad things in our lives are “given” by God, Continue reading

Vulnerability and Companionship

I was thinking about the concept of “Vulnerability” and it struck me that its very different than weakness.

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The other day I approached Melissa and told her that I was feeling vulnerable. It was slightly strange, because it wasn’t about anything in particular, it was just a feeling, but something I felt I should share with her.

As I shared I found that I felt the need to differentiate between weak and vulnerable. I wasn’t feeling weak, but I was feeling somehow exposed.

The only way I can think to describe it is with images that I have in my mind from the Lord of the Rings movies. I imagine a lone elf or dwarf Continue reading