2 Tips for Simple Prayer from Martin Luther

2 Tips for Simple Prayer from Martin Luther

“Could you pray for the meal?” Never was there such a terrifying and yet wonderful question to be asked. As a yes or no question, it seems like the answer should be so easy. And yet, for me at least, when someone asks me to pray in a group gathering such as before a...
How to Cry Out to God

How to Cry Out to God

A friend of mine once told me that the psalms are a playlist for the Christian life. In other words: whether we are experiencing difficulty, joy, depression, comfort, anxiety, or peace; there is a psalm to help us walk through it. In his book, Calling on the Name of...
Remembering: 2 Ditches You Could Be Falling Into

Remembering: 2 Ditches You Could Be Falling Into

Several years ago, I was walking through an airport with my wife on our honeymoon when I overheard a conversation that I have never forgotten.  A man and a woman were in a discussion, and the woman was noticeably upset. The man looked stunned, and, as we passed by, I...
How to Encourage Your Pastor

How to Encourage Your Pastor

A few years ago, I was cleaning out a church attic and found an old, dusty mug that featured a caricature of a pastor listening to a younger church attender. The church attender was saying something along the lines of, “When I grow up, I want to be a preacher just...
Is Scripture Memory for Kids?

Is Scripture Memory for Kids?

When I was younger, I used to play a specific videogame with my brothers. To this day, I can walk through every square inch of that game in my mind. In part, it’s because I invested so many of my early days immersed in this virtual world. There are things I wish I...
Do I Really Have to Love Everyone?

Do I Really Have to Love Everyone?

Here in America, we’re used to neighborhood associations, city ordinances, and various rules and boundaries that bring a sense of order in our communities. It doesn’t seem that difficult to show my neighbors love by obeying the rules my homeowners’ association has put...