Tag Archives: Real Truth Matters

Wisdom, Banana Splits, and My Cute Parents

IMG_6632_1024.jpg

We enjoyed 1991 with big smiles and noteworthy bangs.

Teachable moments.
Character building exercises. 
Family meetings and studying Proverbs. 
Heart-to-hearts over big bowls of cereal. 
Constant heart checks and hard questions. 
Laughter, tears, discipline, and mercy. 
Dinner conversation and studying Philippians.
More love and grace than I could deserve in 10,000 lifetimes. 

That’s what my childhood was made of. 

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , ,

How do you make non-cheesy Christian art?

how do you make non-cheesy christian art.jpg

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love Andrew Peterson’s heart and ministry. 

The magazine I write for featured AP in the latest edition but the following snippet had to be (regrettably) trimmed, so here it is for your enjoyment and edification. It’s so good. Praise the Lord for His grace to us through Gospel-centered artists like Andrew Peterson.

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Monday Morning Munch No. 161 – Reading Material

SEPT 2016 MAG PHOTO FOR EMAIL4.jpg

The September/October RTM Magazine is all about the Gospel and relationships.

Interactive content includes articles about marriage, parenting, listening, relating to God in a smart phone society, and our desire to fix people.

Find these stories and other helpful resources in the new {free} RTM Magazine.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Equipping the Church to Lead

JULY 2016 MAG PHOTO FOR EMAIL

Y’all, check out the new RTM Magazine!

I’m so excited about the contents of this issue! It includes stories from two of my best friends (check out their personal blogs here: H and M [not the store]) as well as articles on defining pastoral leadership and leading in an anti-authority age, and I share five things I want to tell my mission trip leaders. I love this edition and we hope it encourages and strengthens you!

I love that this is my job and I would love to hear what you think about this mag, so check it out for yourself and let me know your thoughts!

(And did I mention it’s interactive and free? It is.)

 

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Monday Morning Munch No. 150 – Glimpses of Romania

thumb_IMG_3595_1024

“And this our life … finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything.” -William Shakespeare

Do you see the sermons all around you?

They’ve been easy to spot in our (almost) week in Iasi. (Here are blogs [one, two, three] about the work we’re doing in Eastern Europe.) Have a look for yourself.

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

What does it mean to “live on mission”?

what does it mean to live on mission.jpg

It’s common jargon in Christian circles right now but what does it really mean to “live on mission”?

In the March/April RTM Magazine, readers will have access to articles and resources that discuss discipleship, define life on mission, and detail the believer’s purpose in this world.

Please consider reading the new issue. I fully believe in this magazine and what God can do with it—it is a free resource packed with Gospel-saturated articles, reviews/recommendations, profile stories and wisdom. Just assembling this issue and praying over each article has been such a help to my heart and a refocusing on the real mission we’ve been assigned.

Soli Deo Gloria.

MARCH 2016 MAG PHOTO FOR EMAIL.jpg

 

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

When Fears Come True: The Corrie ten Boom Story

when fears come true.jpgravensbruck prisoners.jpg

Corrie ten Boom was no stranger to fear.

When World War II broke out and the German Blitzkrieg’s “Nazification” of the Dutch people escalated in May 1940, the ten Boom family home in Haarlem, Amsterdam, became a refuge for many. Jews, members of the Dutch underground resistance movement, students, and intellectuals alike were warmly welcomed into the home above the ten Boom watch shop, where they were treated as part of the family and given food, the Word of God, and a community unified by the desire for freedom.

Before long, the safe house was slightly remodeled and a secret room was built into Corrie’s upstairs bedroom to harbor refugees when the Gestapo would illegally and forcibly search homes.

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

When Fear Guards Your Heart Instead of God

thedayfearcame.jpg

God is an expert wall-destroyer, isn’t He?

I’m not just talking about Jericho or Jerusalem or when King Uzziah broke through the Philistines’ walls (Joshua 6:20, Isaiah 22:5, 2 Chronicles 26:6); I’m talking about the walls we build around our hearts.

Few cities are walled nowadays, but at times our hearts—the epicenter of our person—can be more fortified than Jericho ever was. God loves to break down those walls.

Over the last year God has kicked down a few heart-protecting bricks in my life, and in the process, revealed layers of fear and insecurities I didn’t know existed as they were pushed safely behind carefully constructed defensive barricades.

This unveiling has led to a lot of prayer, a lot of Scripture-searching, and a lot of questions. Why do I put up walls? Why these fears? Why fear at all? What is the root of this?

To answer those questions, we have to go back.

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , ,

Monday Morning Munch No. 124 – For Your Reading Pleasure

smorgasbord

It’s been a little while since we did a smorgasbord blog (check out previous ones here, here and here) so let’s share some link love and get some mutual edification up in this place.

“Sell everything and buy wisdom.” -Proverbs 4:5, MSG
“A wise person knows there is something to be learned from everyone.”
“Knowledge without humility is vanity.” – A.W. Tozer

6 Costs of Real Friendships by Jen Thorn

This. All of it (especially No. 3 and 4). Straight to my heart. Check out a snippet:

Everyone has a dark side. Sin is the great equalizer and our common enemy. Friendship is designed, among other things, for growth in godliness. This means friends help each other identify and fight sin (Eccl. 4:9–12). Doing this requires you knowing their heart and them knowing yours. There must be a willingness to open up our lives and hearts and to let others in. We need to share the good, the bad, and the ugly. Intimacy must be a part of friendship, and it must go both ways.

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Monday Morning Munch No. 123 – What’s the worst that could happen?

2015-02-Life-of-Pix-free-stock-photos-sky-girl-balloon-sun-bruno-ramos-lara 2

What’s the worst that could happen?

If you love, really love, somebody enough to be the truest you for them?

They could reject you.
Squash your heart.
Hurt you.
Leave you bruised.
Make you cry.
Take advantage of your vulnerability.

If those things happen, are they any less deserving of your love and authentic, masks-off self?

For far too long my twisted logic has been to love people when they prove they deserve it.

Let’s just take a minute and let that conceit and selfishness soak in.

Continue reading

Tagged , , , , , , , ,