Competition: Part 2

The glow inside that rustic barn was almost magical… lights twinkled from barren trees that lined the room and gauzy gold curtains seemed to almost pour down the walls in glimmers of sweet light. The enchantedly beautiful bride and her nervous groom stood quietly holding each others hands at the end of an aisle covered in…

Competition: Part 1

This one has been a long time simmering in the back of my heart and mind. And honestly, I try to ignore and wish away this ugly truth. It goes against everything that Jesus spoke of; it has no benefit to the advancement of the gospel; and it creates hypocrisy in our churches that non-believers…

The Sneak and Attack

The serpent waits in the shadows. He watches and observes every slight movement you make, decisions, interaction with others and words that comes out of your mouth. Waiting. Waiting for that perfect moment when he can use your words against you. Waiting to divide the flock, isolate and then separate you from the flock. And…

Convicted.

Pain floods my heart often.   Ministry can open your eyes to the true horrors of the fallen world around us. I ask the intern, “What’s the best part of ministry so far to you?” “People…” he says. “And the worst?” “The hours…” he mumbles.  My answer? People.  People are both the best and the worst…

Fruition of Worship at Thrive

Our first practice was a couple of musicians smashed into a corner of our children’s area while our warehouse was under demolition. As we straddled 5 gallon buckets of paint and boxes of tools, I played the keys on a $120 keyboard that I had inherited from my father-in-law and our worship leader strummed on…