There Are Some Things I Don’t…

(photo source) I have been writing this series of blog posts responding to fears that a friend of mine raised about becoming a Christian.  I am grouping the next three together because they are related: I don’t know enough. I don’t want to give up stuff I love. I don’t really think I need it.Continue reading “There Are Some Things I Don’t…”

Life This Week

Trust and thankfulness.  Small words, difficult practices.  Trust means placing confidence in the integrity, strength, ability or surety of a person or thing.  Thankfulness means being grateful or appreciative.  There is an object to both of these practices.  We trust in something or someone and are thankful to something or someone.  Scripture is full ofContinue reading “Life This Week”

My Friends and Family Wouldn’t Get It

This is the second fear my friend identified as we talked about why the idea of becoming a follower of Jesus scared her:  her friends and family wouldn’t get it and she’d be alone. The best response to the fear “my friends and family wouldn’t get it,” is: “Yes, that’s true.  Most of them won’t. Continue reading “My Friends and Family Wouldn’t Get It”

Life This Week

I spent this last weekend on a mini-retreat with God.  I have been working in my new position in ministry for several months now and it has been the most rewarding, powerful, grace-filled, exciting experience I’ve had.  I don’t think I’ve talked to as many people collectively in my whole life as I have inContinue reading “Life This Week”

I’m Kind of Screwed Up and Don’t Think I Qualify to Be a Christian

Photo credit I could not come up with anything that describes the fallacy of the thought: “I’m kind of screwed up and don’t think I qualify to be a Christian” than the story below, by Philip Yancey: A young girl grows up on a cherry orchard just above Traverse City, Michigan.  Her parents, a bitContinue reading “I’m Kind of Screwed Up and Don’t Think I Qualify to Be a Christian”

What Are You Afraid Of?

Not too long ago, a friend of mine told me over dinner that she was afraid I might try to convert her.  When I asked her why she thought that, she explained that whenever we were together, I seemed at peace, told stories that sounded like miracles, and listened to her without judging.  I askedContinue reading “What Are You Afraid Of?”

What Does It Mean to “Become a Christian?”

Not long after I committed my life to Christ in 2008, I had lunch with a friend I had known for several years.  When he asked me what was new and I told him I had become a Christian, he asked three questions: What does it mean to “become a Christian?” So, how are youContinue reading “What Does It Mean to “Become a Christian?””

Three Questions I’m Asking Today

I could go to work today, sit in my office or cubicle and catch up on my emails and phone calls. I could head to my scheduled meetings, provide my input and walk back to my computer screen. A big part of me wants to do this because it is rainy and dreary. Bad thingsContinue reading “Three Questions I’m Asking Today”