Humility & Suffering

Jonathan Edwards, arguably the greatest theologian-pastor of the Church, offered tremendous counsel in his Advice to Young Converts. In this profound work of pastoral encouragement, Edwards exhorts all of us: In all your course, walk with God and follow Christ as a little, poor, helpless child, taking hold of Christ’s hand, keeping your eye onContinue reading “Humility & Suffering”

The Failure of Evangelicals.

I have spent the past year studying church history at Sioux Falls Seminary. In the past week, we have been exploring the 20th century and the changes it brought to the Church around the world. It is during this time that a group of Christians formed the following declaration. This ecumenical statement still calls Christians inContinue reading “The Failure of Evangelicals.”

Satan’s Victory

I have been practicing morning prayer, mid-day prayer, and evening prayer through the beautiful liturgy found in “Common Prayer – A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals.” The morning prayer for Good Friday has a remarkable reflection by John Chrysostom, a fourth-century bishop and preacher in Constantinople. I pray this meditation speaks as deeply into your spiritContinue reading “Satan’s Victory”

The Great Invitation (Message)

Here is a message I recently preached about the Samaritan woman Jesus encounters at the well. I pray that it encourages you in your faith and helps you understand just how much God loves you! (If you are reading this in your e-mail you may have to go to the actual page to watch theContinue reading “The Great Invitation (Message)”

The Experience of Pruning…

I spent a few hours this past Saturday in the beautiful vineyard of Tucker’s Walk just outside of Garretson. One of the owners of Tucker’s Walk – Dave Greenlee – explained to me the process of pruning the vines for greater fruitfulness. It was memorizing as he skillfully slashed off dead branches and carefully secured theContinue reading “The Experience of Pruning…”

Goodbye Facebook.

I recently returned from a prayer retreat at St. John’s Abby. It was INCREDIBLE. Here is one of my journal entries from the trip… including one major change I am making in my life. One of the reasons I embarked on this retreat was to wrestle with my use of social media. Although social media isContinue reading “Goodbye Facebook.”