3 Ways Christians Encourage Doubt and Deconstruction

There are many Christians in a process of doubting and deconstructing.  The most visible evidence of this is the chorus of Christian “celebrities” who have announced their departure from the faith.  Underneath this are statistics to support that the younger generations are increasingly drifting from core beliefs, church attendance and personal “Christian” designation.  I want … Continue reading

#blessed

#blessed

Sitting across the table from an Old Testament scholar and he asked me a question that I knew would change me: “Jim, do you know what the word blessed means?” Immediately, I thought, “I know I should, but your question kind of makes me feel like you think I don’t know what it means.”  Images … Continue reading

The Doubting Thomas Mission

The Doubting Thomas Mission

“As a man of faith, you are not supposed to doubt.” This was said to me by a seasoned pastor in front of an entire classroom of people. That last part matters. He assumed that this statement was such an axiom that the whole class would agree. On the surface, he was right. One who … Continue reading

Death is like Sowing Seeds

Death is like Sowing Seeds

My grandmother, Georgina Shultz, passed away last Sunday (April 19, 2020).  I had been preparing myself for this for a couple of years after she went into assisted living.  What I was not prepared for were the circumstances.  The home where she stayed has made the news for having a severe outbreak of Coronavirus cases … Continue reading

Lamenting in Pandemic

Ever read the book of Lamentations?  It is a really DARK and SAD book.  We see the author (assumed to be the prophet Jeremiah) grieving of the devastation all around him in real time.  Look at some of the phrases used: “For these things I weep; my eyes flow with tears; for a comforter is … Continue reading

Unplug

Unplug

Not long ago, we got an Alexa Dot as a gift.  My 5 year old and 4 year old LOVE shouting out commands: “Alexa, play Let it Go from Frozen!” (Sadly, I know all the words now) “Alexa, play Hot Wheels music!” (I have no idea what that is, but she comes up with something) … Continue reading

A Lesson in Ministry from 9-11

A Lesson in Ministry from 9-11

Disclaimer:  Please do not get the idea that I think this is the most significant lesson of 9-11 for me or anyone else.  I can only post this because some time has past since 2001.  There are a great deal more significant reflections about 9-11 I have had and many others have written.  I only share … Continue reading

Leadership Blurbs:  Lead with a Limp

Leadership Blurbs: Lead with a Limp

Many of us lead from a place of strength. We want to give off an image that we have it together by showing off our strengths and minimizing our weaknesses. In our darkest moments, we may try to hide our mistakes or even blame them on others. Author and Christian speaker Brennan Manning said, “I … Continue reading

Toddler Feet

Toddler Feet

“Let them be boys.”  My wife was right.  My four year old and three year old just wanted to search our backyard for dandelions for their mommy.  But, calculating the sum of muddy soil plus bare toddler feet, I was trying to avoid the resulting mess that would come with their adventure.  “This is why … Continue reading

Unanswered Questions

Unanswered Questions

He was a towering man adorned with stylish wardrobe and a wide smile.  He laughed easily as he carried himself with a light-hearted playfulness.  This pastor was a student in the 8 week philosophy class I taught for non-traditional students, mostly pastors looking to sharpen their ministry.  I remember he had a lot of important … Continue reading