Beyond the Bulletin

Reformation Song

We are inching closer and closer to October 31, 2017, the day that marks five hundred years since Martin Luther sparked off the Protestant Reformation in Wittenburg, Germany. If you've not been able to get up to speed on the what and why of this formative event in church history, take the opportunity now to read the previous post Reformation »

Devotions: Praying Through Scripture

Years ago, when my wife and I worked with a small church youth group in California, I picked up a small-sized paperback book for kids called something like “Pocket Prayers.” The book was so simple, but the concept inside was brilliant, leaving a lasting impact on my life. Inside were paraphrases of Scripture verses with blanks left for the reader »

The (Im)Possible Job

It's been said that song-leaders ("worship" leaders/pastors) in the church are subjected to the most impossible of jobs. It's not having to perform flawlessly in front of a large group. Its not having to work and lead fastidious musicians. Its not even having to choose the "right" songs. Above all of these, the most impossible of all jobs is »

A Willing Heart

A wonderful model for what biblical giving looks like is found in the person of Boaz. In the book of Ruth, Boaz is a man of valor and respected as a prominent citizen of Bethlehem. When Ruth, a foreigner and a widow in need, goes to glean in the fields of Bethlehem, she happens upon the piece of land belonging »

The Main Thing

Cabelas loves Tom because Tom loves everything about elk hunting: his four-wheeler, camouflaged clothes, warm boots, knives, gun, ammo, elk call, and a big pile of other outdoor gear. Tom arrives with so much stuff that we’re sure he’s been packing and repacking for weeks. But poor Tom always seems to be missing just one thing—an elk. »

His Mercy Is More

"Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of His inheritance? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea." (Micah 7:18-19) "How »

Truth in the Innermost Being

“I didn’t do it!” “It wasn’t me!” “I was only kidding!” As a father, I’ve heard these objections countless times from every one of my children, and most often, I’ve found them to be the opening arguments of a defense built on lies and half-truths. Now, it might be that I have an unusually dishonest family, »

Two Key Questions to Ask When Encountering Spiritual Truth

Asking questions can help us arrive at conclusions and bring focus and direction to our thought. Asking important questions helps us to find the important answers. All good listening and reading involves asking interactive questions internally. I will discuss this more in a future blog article. But for now I want to concentrate on two important questions that are central »

Reflections on 20 Years of Ministry at ABEFC

In early August of 1997 Leigh Ann and I moved all of our earthly possessions in a small moving van from Los Angeles to Colorado Springs. I had graduated from seminary just a couple of months earlier and we were now headed to our first ministry assignment with excitement and eagerness. I had been called to serve as the Youth »

An Investment Opportunity

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21) There are »