Life is Like an Art Gallery: Picture #4 – Three Ways to Leave a Traffic Circle

Life is Like an Art Gallery: Picture #4 – Three Ways to Leave a Traffic Circle

Our lives are full of images — pictures of heartache, love, and faith. Jesus used pictures extensively. They were more than power point images to illustrate the main points of his sermons. Jesus used pictures because they suggest truth rather then spell it out; they evoke faith instead of explaining faith. Ultimately, they catch us…

Life is like an Art Gallery: Picture #3 – Look at the crows

Life is like an Art Gallery: Picture #3 – Look at the crows

“We seldom rise above the quality of the pictures that hang in the galleries of our minds,” writes author Warren Wiersbe. Our minds are full of pictures that have shaped our lives. One picture that’s hanging in my mind’s gallery features CROWS. Here’s the crows’ background. I’ll be the first to admit it; sometimes I’m…

Life is like an Art Gallery – Picture #1: The superhero.

Life is like an Art Gallery – Picture #1: The superhero.

Deep learning is personal and transformational. Some of my deep learning moments with God have been through pictures that only my eyes could see. I’m writing to give you a peek at some of these private and personal images that fill the gallery of my mind. Author and pastor Warren Wiersbe compares our lives to…

Three Disciplines of Moby Dick Disciplemaking(Disciplemaking foundation #3)

Three Disciplines of Moby Dick Disciplemaking

(Disciplemaking foundation #3)

Have you ever had a picture lodge in your mind that you can’t stop thinking about? No matter where you are or what you’re doing, this picture creeps into your consciousness. Here’s my latest re-occuring picture. In his book The Contemplative Pastor, author Eugene Peterson describes a scene from Moby Dick of a whaleboat dashing…

Houses don’t appear out of nowhere… and neither do disciples. (Disciplemaking foundation #2)

Houses don’t appear out of nowhere… and neither do disciples.

(Disciplemaking foundation #2)

Houses don’t appear out of nowhere. There’s no magic wand that makes them materialize. Nearly a hundred years ago, you could order a home from a Sears catalogue, have it delivered to your site, and built in a few days. Today, you can buy modular homes that can be assembled within hours. However, no matter…

The Broken Record of Relationships(Disciplemaking foundation #1)

The Broken Record of Relationships

(Disciplemaking foundation #1)

I’m a vinyl record enthusiast. Nestled on my office bookshelf is a vintage stereo system. This isn’t a five-channel surround-sound extravaganza; it’s just two speakers, a turntable, and a splendid Yamaha 1970s receiver. I love the sound of vinyl but there is a downside. Sometimes a needle gets stuck on a scratch, playing the same…

There’s Always Room for a Singles’ Hitter

There’s Always Room for a Singles’ Hitter

I can hear my wife Peggy saying, “Not another sports’ analogy!” Bear with me even if you’re tired of one more sports comparison to life and ministry.  Have you noticed that our compliments often include sports’ analogies? We evaluate a message or workshop by saying “That was a home run.” or “You hit it out…