God Doesn’t Give Us Courage

God often gives us strength, but he invites us to take courage. Here are 8 tips on how to do that. (This article appears on Crosswalk.com and the Salem Network.) “But on the night immediately following, the Lord stood at (Paul’s) side and said, ‘Take courage; for as you have solemnly witnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you must … Read More

What if Some Art Never Existed?

The movie “Yesterday” tells the story of a struggling singer/songwriter who, after a freak worldwide blackout/time shift, seems to be the only person who remembers the songs of the Beatles. In this new reality the band and their music never existed. He transcribes and records the Beatle’s songs from memory and becomes one of the worlds biggest rock stars. Along … Read More

Lighting up the Winter Darkness with Style

It’s midwinter in Indiana at the time of this writing, and I’m thinking about light. It’s scarce ’round these parts right now. The internet says we get 186 sunny days per year in Indianapolis, below the US average of 205.  (I probably shouldn’t have looked that up.) San Juan Capistrano, CA (where we held our conference last year) gets 285. … Read More

Creative Ministry in Troubling Times

I have a number of writing projects in the cue, but this new one just kind of appeared and bullied its way to the front of the line, demanding attention. Not unlike it’s subject: Disaster and crisis.  I’m compelled to write about how churches can minister through the arts, creativity, and beauty when disaster and crisis hits. These things are … Read More

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