Prayer

Look Back to Look Forward

It was June 1st of this year that I promised in my blog post Don’t Make Me Tell You Twice that I would blog about the other two times I heard God speak to me in an audible voice. Before I go any further, I want to make sure that there is no misunderstanding. God does not only speak audibly; I would even go as far as to say God rarely speaks audibly. (more…)

I Need my Eyes Checked

We all need to have our eyes checked. No, this isn’t an ad by The Association of Optometrist and Eye Specialists (made the name up) or a reminder sponsored by a manufacturer of lenses or frames. This is me saying that how I see things isn’t always the way they actually are. What I see is limited by the flaws of my human existence and controlled by my willingness to accept that what I see is not how things really are. Is it the same way for you? (more…)

Do You Attend a Successful Church?

The annual meeting is a yearly event (annual should have given it away) that is just as much a part of the church calendar as Christmas and Easter. Unlike Christmas and Easter, the focus is not on the arrival or sacrifice of the Messiah. In most cases it isn’t about Jesus at all. Often wrapped up in Christian metaphors like ministry, tithes and offerings, attendance, outreach and many more things that we consider our mandate, the annual meeting is really a cost benefit analysis of the previous year. Money brought in and money spent and the resulting outcome. (more…)

Do Not Make Me Tell You Twice

I may have just proved time travel possible. There are certain phrases that cause what can only be called memory whiplash. Suddenly, and without warning, you are transported back in time to your childhood. Do not make me tell you twice, stop crying or I will give you something to cry about, if you keep doing that your face will stay that way, and many more go-to parenting phrases bring back fond memories of a time when things were simpler and your parents could make good on their threat to pull the car over. (more…)