Why It’s Important to Share Our Stories

By , Contributing Writer| January 3rd, 2019|

Each of us has a story, an unraveling history spotted with shame, regret, and disappointment. Even though it can be difficult, when we share our stories, they become an invitation to allow others to know us more intimately, to understand us with more clarity, and to liberate us on levels we never imagined possible. Why [...]

What I Learned Through the Pain of My Most Difficult Moments

By , Contributing Writer| November 8th, 2018|

Facing the Pain of Divorce It was the most painful season of my life. Despite my pleas to stay, my wife of more than twenty years left me for another man. My heart was broken, leaving me emotionally, physically, and financially spent. I was a staff pastor, but I couldn't continue to serve the church [...]

What Do You Expect When Facing the Storms of Life?

By , Contributing Writer| September 9th, 2018|

The summer following my college graduation, my wife and I did an internship at the church she attended growing up. We stayed with her parents, so our expenses were minimal, and we were excited the church was paying us $75 a week. After we'd served a number of weeks, a couple in the church offered [...]

How the Holy Spirit Can Empower Us

By , Contributing Writer| August 1st, 2018|

Discovering the Holy Spirit After my divorce, to say I struggled would be an understatement. But among the most glaring evidences of my struggle was my lack of finances. Nearly every month, I made my way to the office of the apartment complex where I lived to explain again why my rent payment would be [...]

Loving My Neighborhood

By , Contributing Writer| June 27th, 2018|

What Is Love? When we think of ways to impact our neighborhood, we should think about how to love our neighbors. But what is love? How do you define love? Is it a feeling? An emotional response to a given stimulus? When your mouth is full of your favorite dessert, it is dripping down your [...]

Overcoming Disillusionment with the Church

By , Contributing Writer| April 11th, 2018|

What is Disillusionment? Have you ever been to Las Vegas? What enters your mind when you think of that city? Glitter? Glamour? Gambling? Though Vegas itself holds very little appeal to us, my wife and I now visit occasionally because our son and his wife live there. On our last visit, I saw an advertisement [...]