5 Ways to Save Civility

5 Ways to Save Civility

We may be in the most divisive and contentious season of American life since the ‘60’s…the 1860’s. Everywhere we turn, thoughtful, civil conversation has been tossed out the window. Of course, it’s nothing new to have social conflict during an election year, but our...
Where is the Hope?

Where is the Hope?

These are troubled times. As of May 8, over 75,000 Americans have lost their lives to a virus we considered a distant problem two months ago. Thankfully, living on lockdown the last several weeks has flattened the contagion curve and saved hundreds of thousands of...
God Knows My Name

God Knows My Name

God recently rattled my soul. In late September at the New Room Conference in Nashville, I attended a pre-conference session on the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit. Our seminar leader, Jack Deere, offered a brief teaching and invited us to try our hand at healing....
A Prayer We Should Not Pray?

A Prayer We Should Not Pray?

The idea snuck up on me. While casually pondering our vacation plans this past July, I realized everyone else in my family had to go back to work one week earlier than I did. It hit me, “Why not devote that time to a silent prayer retreat?” I have done this kind of...
It’s Something in Me

It’s Something in Me

I have a confession to make. I am busy. At first blush, that may not sound so bad, but over time, I’ve discovered the insidiousness of this sin. On the surface, busyness appears as a virtue. People say, “Look at the progress we’ve made and the people reached. All our...
The Day After

The Day After

The 2019 General Conference is over. Mercifully. To say yesterday was a tough day would be the understatement of the decade. I confess my mind and heart are still reeling from the events, debates and decisions of the day. Let me first give a quick recap of what was...