As I sit reflecting about my mission to New Orleans, I am still feeling the effects of the movement of God during that extraordinary week. Last week Mardi Gras was in full swing and it was incredible to witness the power of God in the midst of what many would consider absolute chaos. Thousands of people were confronted with the glorious gospel, and I was personally blessed to offer Christ to a great many people. However, sometimes the greatest work doesn’t necessarily happen
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me!"
How many of us remember saying those words when our school mates would poke fun of us on the playground? I do.
In my experience those words would be then followed by me making a rude face before walking away to go play somewhere else. However, that schoolyard saying is a lie. In fact if you remember the experience of uttering that tired cliché you realized it was a lie then as you do now. The sting of a
Everyone has had some experience with death, whether it is the loss of a spouse, family member, or friend, death impacts people profoundly. There are not many certainties in this life, but one thing is for sure, that every single individual is going to face death. Death has a 1:1 ratio, meaning that death is inescapable. Because death is so certain, the question is not how do we prevent death ultimately, but how do we deal with death, when it comes knocking on our door? In my
Out of all the most difficult things to do in life, offering forgiveness has to be one that is high on the list. Forgiveness is difficult to give, because in some respect it appears to go against our own sense of personal justice, our rights and our perceived ideas concerning fairness. To make matters more complicated, offering forgiveness seems to give the one who committed the offense, a pass as if to dismiss the hurt they caused and gives them license to do it again. We ha
It is estimated globally, that roughly around 350 million people suffer with some form of depression. Those individuals who are afflicted with such depression often feel despondent, lost and disconnected from life. Even Christians who attend church regularly and have a firm faith can fall under depression’s dark cloud. Depression is not just feeling blue or moody; rather it is much deeper and much more severe. The “dark night of the soul” as John of the Cross once put it, is
The English poet John Donne famously wrote these words “no man is an island.” In our day however, the normative experience for many is quite the opposite. With all of our apparent connectivity via the internet and social media, the simple fact is that there are scores of people who just feel alone. A person can have hundreds of friends on Facebook or thousands of Twitter followers and yet still feel incredibly disconnected. Additionally, those who may surround themselves with