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Manipulation Is Not a Spiritual Gift

“17 They make much of you, but for no good purpose. They want to shut you out, that you may make much of them.” Galatians 4:17 For many years, I struggled to understand what Paul was talking about in this passage. And most translations have not helped me put my head around the verse. But recently,…

Constructive Competition

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can…

God Has Purpose in Our Pain

One of the persisting questions I get as a pastor is the problem of pain and suffering. Heartbreak. Estrangement. Accidents. Natural disasters. Disease. Death. Why does God allow it? Does He not love us… love me? Is this suffering somehow my fault? One frequent answer is that God will use this pain somehow soon for…

“How Long Will We Grovel and the feet of… Power?”

A lifetime ago, I was steeped in the Contemporary Christian Music world and followed closely the output of Michael W. Smith. Late in my following of him, he put out the Go West, Young Man album and the song How Long Will Be Too Long? One of the first lines in the song is: “Tell…

Beginning a Tough Conversation About the Church

Talking about family is a complicated thing. We are connected to them… like it or not. We come from them. We owe them much of who we are. We love them. And yet the relationships are tangled and frustrating. But to talk about this frustration openly would seem like… a betrayal. So we avoid the…

Being Amazing v. Being Christlike

“Spiritually abusive churches don’t set out to be abusive. They set out to be amazing.” K.J. Ramsey, @kjramseywrites, 10/15/20 I read the above tweet and I was gobsmacked (I love that word but don’t get to use it often). I have been engaging with bad behavior (domineering, manipulative, and arrogance behavior) amidst the leadership of…

Safe Harbor Project

When I left my last ministry calling, I was sure God was calling me away, but I was unsure of what He was calling me to. For the first few months after leaving, we rested from ministry, focusing on our family and praying with family and friends about next steps. A few things emerged as…


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