It will be hard.

This blew my mind. Try to say the color of the following words, not what the letters spell but, the color itself. red purple green blue orange yellow blue orange red yellow purple green orange green blue purple red yellow yellow blue purple orange red purple That was...

We All End Up Orphans.

Something changes when a parent dies. Age doesn’t matter so much. At least that’s what the other orphans told. I was over 40. I couldn’t hear them. I’m a pastor and funerals are part of the gig. This funeral was for my dad. I stayed with the casket as they lowered his...

Sucker Punch

I started my freshman year in High School with a massive overbite. My orthodontist made me wear a bionator. It made me spit when I talked. My spitting offended someone, or he was just trying to impress a girl. Either way, as I stood at the bus stop he sucker punched...

Score

I know April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, but the weather doesn’t always pay attention to the calendar. Outside weddings in early May are risky. It’s 50/50 at best. Steve and Sasha turned out to have a beautiful day. Years ago I abandoned traditional...

Chasing Sugar

Andy’s mom let him have popsicles, kool-aide and soda. My mom gave us carob instead of chocolate in our Easter baskets. So I chased sugar. I planned the time when I was an adult and I could eat and drink what I wanted. My scheme was to add just a drop of water to an...

Interviewing with Knives

I’d been trained to sit on one side of the interview table. I became a Senior Pastor and suddenly I was on the other side of the table. That day, one of my mentors gave me this advise: “Hire good people and get out of the way.” Turns out, Saying 7 speaks to both sides...

Do the Work

The gym is a bit like church. Everybody there is there for different reasons. Sometimes, it’s easier at the gym. I'm starting to figure out what kind of workout someone will do simply by looking at what they are wearing. I’m not batting a thousand, but I’m getting...

I ❤Justin Bieber (at least part of his theology)

My brother and I were really into trading cards for a while. Actually all the kids at the bus stop were. It wasn’t as much about collecting them, as trading them. No matter what card I had, I wanted a different one. That was nearly 20 years ago; but Pokémon shows how...

Risky Lending

Saying 4 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts; if you lack the means to pay, your very bed will be snatched from under you. Proverbs 22:26-27 Brad hadn’t eaten when we met up at Taco Bell. He didn’t order anything either. I scarfed...

Saying Three

Last week, before I started Saying Two I took a moment to ⏪Look Back and realized why my habit stacking* from Saying One didn’t work. I hired a trainer January, I doubt he reads this blog, but he said something. Stac pays attention and could tell just by watching that...

Saying Two

When I ⏪Look Back over the way I interacted with Saying One last week, I notice my attempt at habit stacking* didn’t work. It’s a great concept but, my meals are out of whack. I knew I'd gotten in a bad habit of eating on the go, and skipping meals. Trying to fix a...

Saying One

I’ve got a problem with daily devotions. This isn’t a critique, it’s my problem. I’m owning it. After 31 days of blogging I’m seeing the same problem, although focusing on a much smaller church has helped. Mine is a James 1:23 problem. James says (I’m starting in...

Proverbs 31

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter When I’ve read through Proverbs in the past, it’s been part of Fight Club. When Fight Club starts, I pick up on whatever the date is and since it’s a 10-12 week journey read through them about three times. Ending with 31 feels a bit...

Proverbs 30

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Before we’d eat, sometimes we’d say “Come Lord Jesus, be our guest and let these gifts to us be blessed, Amen.” Most of the time, we’d just flow. I guess you have to be when you are a pastor, but I was long before that. I’m also a...

Proverbs 29

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Yesterday’s Blog unpacked “wicked” and the fact that, at least in Hebrew, the root for this word is “evil.” All of this started by reflecting on Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee though no one pursues But the righteous are bold as a lion....

Proverbs 28

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter If books are where you go to find the truth, then why do we call the place that stores them a lie-brary? Many pseudo-phiosopical people have asked this question, but it only works in English. In Latin, where we got the word library...

Proverbs 27

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. (27:6) A lot of people talk about Jesus as the healer of wounds. There’s truth in that. It’s also true, but a lot less comfortable, that Jesus is the wound that heals....

Proverbs 26

NIV + The Message + Blue Letter As a youth director As a dog returns to its vomit,     so fools repeat their folly. got a great reaction from the Jr. High boys. They engaged, and told gross stories. Back then, the gross factor is where it ended. Then we got a dog. If...

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