By the time I started seminary, I had been around church enough to know that Christian leaders aren’t always what they seem. I had seen a man with passion in the pulpit and abuse in the home. I knew the beloved youth pastor from my hometown who had been fired for looking at porn on … More My Mentor’s Downfall
Sermon Summaries: 1 Samuel 28-29 Is God in complete control over the evil in the world? Whether you respond to that question in the affirmative or the negative, there are (humanly speaking) troubling implications: If God is in complete control over every manifestation of wickedness, then it clearly reminds us that He could stop and … More Is God in complete control over the evil in the world?
Every day, no matter where I go, I get to see natural wonders that many people in the world will never get to witness. I get to serve as a part of a congregation where I personally know each person and family well enough that my prayers for them don’t feel like an impersonal checklist, … More 20 Reasons I Love Living In Troy, MT
A Step of Independence I was born into a non-sports-loving (aka logical) household in Colorado Springs. The idea of emotionally investing in a violent sport played by millionaire strangers was something my parents simply weren’t into – silly, I know! But for whatever reason, I loved it. The complexity of the rules, the intricacy of … More My Team and I: A Journey Through Life While Wearing Vikings Shirts
I read recently of a young man who was feverishly committed to a football team. He watched every game. His closet was full of team apparel. The boy had memorized the name and number of the entire roster, but his hero was the star wide receiver. You can imagine the unbridled exuberance he felt when … More The DNA of Disappointment
THE BEAUTY OF SMALL TOWN CHRISTIANITY Everything about small town living is characterized by familiarity. A quick trip to the grocery store is certain to involve multiple conversations with friends and neighbors. Social, school, and church schedules are structured around the well-worn traditions of hunting, the town’s big 4th of July celebration, Missoula Children’s Theater, … More Jesus and Your Small Town Drama
THAT’S NOT WHAT I MEANT! We’ve probably all been on both sides of situations involving accidental offense. A person makes a comment with a specific idea in mind. But the comment is received in a different and more offensive manner than was intended by the speaker. A few such (possibly true) examples from online forums: … More Anthem Protests and Determining Meaning