Train for Godliness: A Resolution for 2017

Train for Godliness: A Resolution for 2017

Spiritual training, like physical training, requires discipline. Both are, according to Paul, beneficial. The two do not have to be mutually exclusive, but only one of them will carry eternal weight. And while some spiritual growth may be occasionally incidental—where we learn truth about ourselves or about God through the everyday circumstances of life—our spiritual growth will never be consistently accidental. Like physical training, spiritual training requires discipline, commitment, dedication, consistency, perseverance, and intentionality...

Be Before You Do

Be Before You Do

I’ll never forget the empty, sinking feeling. 12 weeks earlier, I had started a journey. While attending a ministry conference in Minnesota, we were given a customized journal that would help us hand write the entire book of Romans. The project was intended to help us internalize Scripture, forcing us to slow down as we read, comprehended, and put pen to paper. After a few days, I was hooked. I had experienced a season just a few months before where my daily Scripture reading felt dry, forced, and mundane, but now it felt as if I was revitalized. Each morning I woke up, eager to hand scribe the next section and excited about this newly forming habit...

The God I Can't Worship

The God I Can't Worship

Last year, I was on a return trip home from 2 busy days of ministry training when I ran into a massive thunderstorm. Exhausted, but eager to return home, I spent the next 3 hours gripping my steering wheel with the windshield wipers on full throttle. Driving my 4-door, compact sedan, my stomach tensed up and I held my breath each time I passed an 18-wheeler...