On Healing

I believe God heals today. No question. I also believe there’s a jumble of interesting ideas about this topic floating around my town (and probably yours too!). Sometimes pastors find ourselves in the crossfire of those ideas, and as leaders, it can be tricky to navigate. There's a reason…

The First Temptation of Christ?!

Fellow Christians, we just missed an opportunity to be counter-culture (and I mean in a good way). I'll explain. In the wake of the newest offering of “Jesus movies,” the Good Lord is depicted as an unsavoury, crime-committing, stand-for-nothing individual (who is also portrayed as gay, his "first temptation" I…

Law of the Universe: There's Always a Hack

A couple of weeks ago I decided to spend a week of blissful twolitude (I made up that word for when Sara and I have solitude together :) at our "cabin in the woods". I have a little Honda Generator for power, but had never used it in winter conditions. On…

Regarding the Resurrection of Olive

Five days ago, Olive Heiligenthal passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly. She was two years old, and the daughter of Kalley, one of Bethel Music’s key worship leaders, and a personal mentor to my daughter Jordyn. Of course, this has rocked all of us and is the latest in…

Back in the Game

I'm back. For five years, every spare minute has been utterly consumed with a 330-page writing project I'm calling Boondock Church. And it's finished. Later this month, we'll have a release party at Evangel (the quintessential boondock church 😄). As of late, I've been feeling an unshakeable urge - like a…

Darkness is Beautiful

Today is December 4, 2018. That means two things to me: first, it’s my mom’s birthday (most amazing mother ever!) and secondly, that deep winter is fast approaching. I live just north of the 56th Parallel, so when I say “deep winter” I mean it. It will be…