David The Slinger

You Are Gifted To Face Giants Even if you’ve never read the Bible, there’s a good chance you’ve heard at least one reference to the story of “David & Goliath.” When Goliath was challenging the Israelites to send their best champion against him, David knew that if he had tried to go out and fight…

The Big Fight

Mutual Respect For One Another One Sunday night, there was a big MMA fight (Conor McGregor vs. Denis Siver). But it was a Sunday night – and I usually spend Sunday evenings at home with Rebecca and the boys. But I really wanted to see this fight. What was I to do? Thankfully, I’ve learned…

Distractions In The Desert

The Schnucks family are geniuses. The other day, I was at Schnucks with my four-year-old son, Augustine. After we got done shopping, buying the things that we had actually come in for, I did that thing you do where you try to gauge which check-out line will be the fastest. Because the truth is, there’s…

Be Salt

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Matthew 5:13 Here’s a few things you should know about salt: Pure salt in the first century was a rare…

Distortions in the Desert

When I was a kid, we moved from St. Louis to a little town called Lancaster, Ohio. My dad was a pastor, and he took over a church there when I was about three and we lived in the parsonage. A parsonage is a home owned by a church where the pastor and his family…

Wilderness Survival Guide

I like to camp. I enjoy heading out into the wilderness, putting up a tent. Building a fire. Looking up at the stars. Hearing the sounds of the forest. I enjoy that. But when I say “wilderness” what I really mean is Babler State Park, where you drive in on a paved road, park your…

Destiny in the Desert

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, Exodus 3:1a The area of Midian where Moses is tending sheep is a rocky, mountainous desert. There’s not a lot of vegetation in Midian. This is not a good job. I’m sure his father-in-law Jethro was a great guy, but, I…

Sufficient Grace For Insufficiency

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them….

Strength In Weakness

“So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,…

The Restful Riches of Grace

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of…