In Matthew 21, Jesus reminded the Jewish leaders that God had ordained praise from children and infants (Matthew 21:14–16), and by extension this includes youth as well. The children and youth in our churches have been ordained by God to worship him—and to eventually become leaders in the Church. Older generations must come to grips … More Old and New Treasures
Life is too short to spend it only with people your own age. Intergenerational relationships can be some of the most rewarding in life, but crossing the generation gap takes courage. I deal with this divide every time I walk into the cafeteria of the university where I teach. In that moment, I have to … More Can I sit here?
Other-focused people are great listeners. Listeners can be selective, attentive, or empathic. When we listen selectively, we focus only partially on others, hearing only part of what they say—often only the parts we want to hear. When we listen attentively, we pay attention to the other person and probably will remember what he or she … More Listen and Learn
My single life was like a roller coaster ride: While I was dating someone, I felt good about myself, but when I wasn’t dating, I was in the pits. Once the pit was so deep that I fell into depression. During my senior year of college, I dated a girl for eight months. I thought … More One is a whole number!
Several years ago, I heard a true story about an old man who once toured a Wycliffe Bible Translators center in North Carolina. He listened to the tour guide talk about the Bibleless peoples of the world, describing how translators were giving their lives to translate God’s Word into the heart language of these peoples. … More I’m not retired–just redeployed!
It would be a sad thing to get to the end of your life only to say, “I sensed that God wanted me to do something significant with my life, but I was afraid that I would never be able to do it, so I took the safe route.” William Borden was only 25 years … More No regrets!
Prayer must become one of our life’s highest priorities instead of a last resort. I confess that sometimes, after trying everything else, I have said something like “Well—I guess all we can do now is pray.” My friend David Butts likens this bad theology to a soldier lamenting his lack of a good weapon before … More The Main Thing!
Because we will be talking with God for eternity, it makes sense for us to begin our conversation with him while we are on Earth. We should start these daily conversations the moment we wake up. Our first thoughts should be a prayer instead of us reviling the alarm clock or begging for caffeine. Consider … More I am a stumbling toddler!
My wife and I learned to speak Swahili in the DR Congo using a self-directed language learning method which helped us learn a second language the same way we learned our mother tongue when we were babies. The method is simple: Learn a little, and use it a lot. This approach is the exact opposite … More Tablet of the Heart
I love the picture Psalm 1:1–3 presents: A man who meditates on God’s Word day and night is pictured as a fruitful tree that has put down deep roots near life-giving water. In much the same way, author Henri Nouwen has challenged me to meditate and “chew on” short phrases of Scripture throughout each day. … More Roots and Fruit