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Hosanna to the King!

Human beings are funny creatures. We have it in our heads that real power and authority always comes from the top. That’s why so many people are in a hurry to get there, no matter what it takes. But, as Jesus made clear in both word and in deed, real power comes from humility, sacrifice…

Busted Brackets…

This week is the beginning of March Madness – which means it’s time for me to engage in some brilliant bracketology. Of course, like 99.9 percent of people who follow the NCAA basketball tournament, my bracket will be busted the first day. A professor at DePaul University puts the odds of creating the perfect bracket…

Living and Learning

Last year, I attended a workshop about church growth that was truly inspirational. It wasn’t until later that I realized why I liked the speaker so much. Where so many other workshop leaders highlight their amazing successes, this guy loved to tell stories about all the times he’d failed. Not only was it relatable and…

On Earth As It Is In Heaven…

Dallas Willard was a notably significant spiritual leader for the church, who was also a mentor to many significant spiritual leaders… Many have commented on how he lived life with such integrity, such spiritual connection with God, that he was a profound blessing to be around. He once said that “I think that, when I…

Flu Happens…

This past Saturday, I was prepared to preach on Jesus’ parable about the man who goes to his friend’s house in the middle of the night to ask for bread. Little did I know that later that night I’d also be calling a friend in the middle of the night to ask for a favor.…

All In

This past weekend, I preached on living a life that is “all-in.” I then went home and discovered an illustration in a strange place – my downstairs bathroom. The problem was a leaky shut-off valve to the cold water on my bathroom sink. It turned out to be an easy fix. When the valve is…