The Elder Son

[This appeared first at LifeChurchNC.com] May 19, 2017 Over the last two weeks during our worship gatherings, we have taken a deep and reflective journey into one of Jesusʼs most well-known and familiar parables - The Parable of the Lost Son. As we come to the part of the story where the younger (or prodigal) son returns home, …

well-rounded…

I'm currently coaching some friends through their StrengthsFinder® talent themes.  It's fun and interesting to learn about how others see themselves, watching those ah-hah moments take place as someone gains a bit more perspective toward their own self-awareness - something of which few people actually possess. Today during one of my coaching sessions, I was …

loving for beauty…

A few days ago, I had the privilege of attending and conference called The Strengths Summit in Asheboro, NC, presented by the Gallup Research Group.. It was a two-day conference centered around helping people discover their natural strengths, talents and abilities and ways the church can serve as a catalyst for helping people live more …

Pacifiers

Tuesday marked a first for me – the first full day I was responsible for Julia on my own. And I have to say I was pretty excited about the opportunity. Molly had jury-duty all day and had left me very clear and precise instructions on Julia’s daily routine, along with supplies for meals and …

relational motive

what’s your relational motive? Recently I was having a conversation with a friend about the importance of extending ourselves relationally into the lives of people we're trying to reach with the love of God. Our conversation has caused me to rethink and clarify why it is we stress this idea of ‘relational community' when it …

home

“I am convinced that all of us are searching for a place called home, a place where we can close our eyes and sleep, a place where there is warmth and we are somehow unafraid, a place where we gather around the fire and the room is filled with laughter and love…Home is ultimately not …

craving intimacy

Have you ever had an unexplainable loneliness even while standing in the middle of a crowd? I heard a friend say several times recently that he doesn’t need anymore acquaintances in his life, that there is no more room for such relationships. He desires friendships that go much deeper than that, friendships that are authentic, …