Scrabble : triple word score

It’s easy to give up. It’s even easier to mope – especially when a seemingly debilitating and career-ending injury makes it look like you’ve reached the end of your dream. Drew Brees didn’t give up or mope for too long. I’m taking notes from him. This NFL player incurred a shoulder injury that almost ended…

If we are the body

“A church is just a building if there’s no one in it.” I think, many times, in the West we associate church with the building and not the people. The church is the body of Christ- not the building they meet in. The church is the men, women and children sitting crossed-legged on cold tile…

Life of Luther

“Blood alone moves the wheels of history,” Martin Luther said. It’s true, too. In the Old Testament, blood was required for the remission of sins. Jesus had to spill His blood to atone for our sins once and for all. Barnas Sears, D.D.’s book, “Life of Luther,” is a biography of Martin Luther, the influential…

Mornings and Evenings

I don’t know how you spend your mornings and evenings, but I’m adding Charles Spurgeon to my daily Bible reading and Oswald Chambers morsel. David Platt’s book, “Radical,” gives several challenges at the end. One of those challenges is to read the Bible through in the coming year. While I have read the Bible through…

Radical

I’m an adventure seeker by nature. Some may say it’s because I grew up overseas. Some may attribute it to personality. Some may say it depends on the company you keep. I’d agree with all of the above, but more importantly, I think my sense of adventure stems from Christ. In David Platt’s book, “Radical,”…

Grace

Grace, she became my mother. Jimmy Needham’s song, “Moving to Zion” has a line that resonates within me. “Grace, she became my mother.” Grace is my mother. And my grandmother. My mom’s name is Grace Lyn. My grandmother’s name is Grace. If I have a girl, I want Grace to be a part of her…

Subtle Ironies

I just read the book “Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half With America’s Cheapest Family.” Oh, the ironies. You are probably wondering why I chose to read a book about saving money on grocery bills with American families. I live in Thailand, I eat out virtually every meal because it’s cheaper and I don’t have…

Run to Overcome

It’s an American Tale. One of my favorite movies growing up was "An American Tail." I called it "Fievel" and didn't know its true title until adulthood. "An American Tail" is about the Mousekewitz family–they are mice–that immigrate to the U.S. from Russia in the 1800s–painting a picture of the fabric America is built on….

Transforming church

I’m not involved in a rural church in America, so my reading Shannon O’Dell’s book, “Transforming Church in Rural America” may seems a little strange.

But, many of O’Dell’s themes and messages can be applied to ministry overseas as well as to rural churches in America.

In my ministry, I need to have calling, vision, attitude, leadership, understanding and excellence. These same elements are needed in churches all around the world.

Many people believe that mega-churches are the only way to go. God seems to be with large churches.

Uncle Sam’s Plantation

It’s modern-day slavery. It’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin on Uncle Sam’s Plantation. Star Parker’s book is a vehement presentation of how big government enslaves America’s poor in a vicious cycle. Parker came out of the same background she writes about having been on welfare. Parker talks about how welfare, taxes and minimum wage helps, not hurts….

Immanuel’s Veins

Ted Dekker’s newest book, “Immanuel’s Veins” is a dark and riveting tale of redemption. Dekker paints a beautiful tale of sacrificial love that points to Christ’s love. The book is set in the 1700s, in what used to be Moldavia but is now present day Moldova and Romania. (I wikipedia-ed it)
This is the first book of Dekker’s I’ve read. I read the 367-page novel in one evening. Though slightly melodramatic at times, “Immanuel’s Veins” kept me going.

Outlive Your Life

The world would be different if Christians stood up and did something about it.

I’m not talking about the amorphous body that we like to refer to when talking about the need for social action and justice. I am talking about you. You are the body of Christ. I think many times we tend to forget ourselves when talking about what the body of Christ should or should not do.

Like the Good Book says, (said in Tevye’s voice from the Fiddler on the Roof) don’t point out the speck in your neighbor’s eye when you’ve got a plank in your own.