From Affluence to Monasticism – The Story of St. Benedict

In my previous post, I briefly outlined the project I will be working on for my Doctor of Ministry at Sioux Falls Seminary. This project is rooted in a deep and practical study of an ancient rule known as “The Rule of St. Benedict.” In this post, I will provide a little more information onContinue reading “From Affluence to Monasticism – The Story of St. Benedict”

Forged in Fire: Suffering & Christianity

I’m not a big fan of television. I don’t have moral reasons against it, I just find it horribly boring most of the time. There are two shows that I will watch when they are on: The Walking Dead (of course) and Forged in Fire. Forged in Fire is a contest show that awards moneyContinue reading “Forged in Fire: Suffering & Christianity”

Listen… Worship… Live (Part 3)

In my sermon this past Sunday I closed with three words: Listen, Worship, Live. This week I will be taking time to write an individual post for each one of these disciplines to help you apply the Bible to your life. Listen… Worship… Live (Part 1) Listen… Worship… Live (Part 2) When I was 16 yearsContinue reading “Listen… Worship… Live (Part 3)”

Listen… Worship… Live (Part 2)

In my sermon this past Sunday I closed with three words: Listen, Worship, Live. This week I will be taking time to write an individual post for each one of these disciplines to help you apply the Bible to your life. Listen… Worship… Live (Part 1) We often associate “worship” with a particular music style.Continue reading “Listen… Worship… Live (Part 2)”

Listen… Worship… Live… (Part 1)

In my sermon this past Sunday I closed with three words: Listen, Worship, Live. This week I will be taking time to write an individual post for each one of these disciplines to help you apply the Bible to your life.  Most days I feel as if I am drowning in sound. The constant barrageContinue reading “Listen… Worship… Live… (Part 1)”

Three Ways to Prevent Burnout

This is the sixth post in a series of reflections based on Jared Wilson’s book “The Pastor’s Justification.” Beautiful explosions filled the sky this past week as people around the United States celebrated Independence Day. One of the evenings when Ava (my almost 8 month old daughter) wasn’t able to sleep, we gazed out theContinue reading “Three Ways to Prevent Burnout”

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…”

I Meet With a Therapist.

I am utterly weak and unqualified to be a pastor. My leadership is ruled more by timidity than boldness. My actions often derive from a desire to please people rather than God. The motivation behind my preaching springs from a desire for the praise of man rather than the affirmations of the Father… far more thanContinue reading “I Meet With a Therapist.”

Our World is Falling Apart.

Young children experiencing excruciating abuse & humiliation as victims of sex trafficking. Babies have bodies destroyed by the viciousness of cancer. Men & women squeeze the cold steel of a handgun while pointed it at themselves; intent on escaping the cruelty of this world through suicide. Many are in bondage to addiction – drugs, alcohol,Continue reading “Our World is Falling Apart.”

Christians, Politics, & Donald Trump

I have resisted the strong urge to comment publicly on politics. My resistance has officially been broken. My heart has been crushed by the mud-slinging happening among Christians. Our response to this election has exposed the false gods we have elevated in our hearts, churches, and country. 1. We worship man. The only explanation for the bitternessContinue reading “Christians, Politics, & Donald Trump”