The # 1 way we (Christians) have failed our children

A friend shared this on Facebook the other day: “If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into Heaven?” I asked the children in my Sunday School class. “NO!” the children all answered. “If I cleaned the churchContinue reading “The # 1 way we (Christians) have failed our children”

Pest Control and Evangelism

Last Saturday afternoon our doorbell rang as we were preparing to load the cars for dinner at the family reunion we hosted over the weekend. A pest control company was in the development on behalf of one of my neighbors. The exterminator/door-to-door salesman wanted to make sure I had the opportunity while he was in theContinue reading “Pest Control and Evangelism”

Communication 101

I thought I would make this “101” for preachers, but most of you are not preachers. I thought about titling this “the most important thing to consider in communicating the gospel,” but I am going to trust your judgment a bit on what is most important for you. So, if this isn’t most important, IContinue reading “Communication 101”

Speak for yourself

Next time you try to tell someone something, but dress it in “some people have told me…” or “everyone is saying…,” we know you speak only for yourself. Own it! Your opinion is worth something.  Really; everyone’s opinion is worth something, I mean it.  I’m not just bloviating generalities.  Your opinion matters. In fact, itContinue reading “Speak for yourself”

So Good You Have to Share?

One day, while visiting with a grieving family, a bag of grapes traded hands. Ok, that’s not exactly how it happened.  I was at the home of someone who had just died, waiting for more of the family to arrive.  One of those who had been there throughout the morning offered a bag of grapesContinue reading “So Good You Have to Share?”

Good Coffee, Part 2

A guy walks into a coffee shop. This guy was me and I wanted coffee.  I buy whole bean and grind it at home for my french press.  I’m a coffee “fan.” Guy who works at the coffee shop offers to teach me how to make better coffee.  I wonder, “Who is he to teachContinue reading “Good Coffee, Part 2”