Monday, November 24, 2014

What We Forget About Defending Our Faith

Last weekend we got to spend a few days with Josh and Sean McDowell, as our church was the second stop on their Heroic Truth tour. If you're not familiar with their ministry, this father/son team has dedicated their lives to helping people discover truth and effectively communicate it to others.

The way Sean opened the first session was absolutely brilliant. He simply went into character as an atheist and allowed the audience to

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Let's All Be Brave - Book Review

My son is pacing back and forth in the dining room, organizing note cards and checking his Power Point presentation. "Starts with Me" by Tim Timmons is cranked up loud in the background. He is getting ready to do something brave. He decided that his informative speech for his college speech class should be on Christianity. He has been praying for ways to open the conversation on faith with his classmates, and he believes he has found a way. I love watching him explore his faith, his confidence in it, what God has made him for, and how he will courageously step out and use it.

Friday, June 6, 2014

How to Get An Impossible Amount of Things Done and Not Lose Your Mind

I went to an unfamiliar mall to look for an affordable place to treat my kids to ice cream. I couldn't find one, but as I was leaving, I picked up a homeless man. I was driving him around in a red sports car....driving flat on my stomach with my legs stretched out behind me...driving through 3-4 feet deep of fall leaves. 

Then I'm a guest at someone's house. Apparently there was someone there I wanted to impress, and I was desperately trying to get ready. I had a new, very short awkward haircut that didn't work with my curls....and my blow dryer broke. The harder I worked to get ready, the wetter and wetter my hair got.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Restless - Because You Were Made for More!

As we finish up Easter week and are thinking a lot about new life, I want to share some about the new life I'm seeing in myself and others after doing Restless (by Jennie Allen) together.

I'm so grateful that I've been able to review Jennie Allen's studies. They just keep getting better and better! Restless is basically an eight week study, and you'll want your participants to get the books and do the first week of homework before they come to your first session.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Who Are You REALLY Willing to Forgive?

This year, on Good Friday, I'm being challenged by the collision of something in my past with something in my present.

You see this year God has put me in the middle of a someone's life - someone who has hurt a lot of others with their actions. I had the opportunity to have a "come to Jesus" session with them yesterday - and I really believe they did.  However, my heart is doing a bit of aching today because not everyone wants to forgive them the way Jesus does.

Friday, March 7, 2014

How Do You Do Women's Ministry? - Vicki's Story

Meet Vicki. Vicki and her husband serve the Lord in Malawi, Africa. I got to have lunch with Vicki today, and it will go down as one of my favorite days at work.

Several times a year our church hosts what is called Discipleshift, where churches from all over the nation bring their leaders to learn about relational discipleship. As a staff, we take turns hosting tables at lunch time for our guests. Attendees choose tables based on areas of ministry, if they are interested in knowing more about how we do ministry in that area. Today was my turn to host the women's ministry table, and Vicki came to sit with us.

I asked Vicki to tell me about her church in Malawi, and the stories that began to come out of her were remarkable.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Respectfully Yours

This last summer, I had the opportunity to take the women in my home group through Respectfully Yours: The Secret to Power and influence in Your Marriage by Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs. Name ring bell? Dr. Eggerichs is the author of Love and Respect. Respectfully Yours is a study written just for women, taking the respect side of the issue to a whole new level.

I have to admit, I was skeptical. I've reviewed lots of studies, and this isn't the one I was the most excited about digging into. First of all, I knew I would probably be convicted - and who wants to sign up for that?! Secondly, I was suspicious. I mean, if they were going to take each side of the love and respect issue deeper, why did they write the one for women first? Ha!