[2 Dec 2014 | Post a Comment | 252 views]
Reconciling Truth and Tradition…

About 18 years ago, a well-respected elder among us stood in his church’s pulpit and apologized for the way he had been teaching some things, and the expectations he had laid on his saints. He took a long time that night to explain clear, biblical teaching on things like facial hair, pants-length, entertainment, etc.
I remember hearing the news of this and being heart-broken… so shocked that what had been long-held understandings among us were being “let down”. What I saw from a distance was frightening to me, because I was …

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Inspiration »

[27 Jun 2015 | Post a Comment | 182 views]
Don’t give up the field

It was just a bean field.
A small patch of land that yielded a paltry crop of insignificant tiny vegetables.
The Philistines had gathered together into a troop that day, determined to take the field of beans… Lentiles.

Just a bunch of beans.
Not worth the struggle.
Never really liked them beans anyway.
Just let it go.
Didn’t even plant that stupid field… our parents did.
Just go find another field.
But someone stood up. Shammah did. He knew that old field was more than a bunch of beans.
It represented everything worth fighting for… worth living for… worth dying for.
If they …

Illustrations and Research »

[15 Apr 2015 | Post a Comment | 135 views]
Who’s Hands?

A basketball in my hands is worth about $19.
A basketball in Michael Jordan’s hands is worth about $33 million.
A baseball in my hands is worth about $6.
A baseball in Mark McGuire’s hands is worth $19 million.
A tennis racket is useless in my hands.
A tennis racket in Venus Williams’ hands is a Wimbledon Championship.
A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal.
A rod in Moses’ hands will part the mighty sea.
A sling shot in my hands is a kid’s toy.
A sling shot in David’s hand is a mighty weapon.
Two …

Quotes »

[12 Mar 2015 | Post a Comment | 69 views]
Quoted by Jay Jones: Organizational Work

Organizational work is not a step down. Nor is it a step up. All Kingdom work is a step sideways into the role God calls you to fulfill. Jesus’ parable of the talents expresses this. Each man was given according to his ability, and not expected to return any more than he was able. Everyone on the field has the same responsibility… to do what you’re called to do. If you are called by God to be a prince or a king, a prophet or a pastor, the responsibility is exactly the same… …

Illustrations and Research, Inspiration »

[25 Jan 2015 | Post a Comment | 144 views]
Purity from the eyes of a schoolgirl

As a schoolgirl, I had the opportunity of touring a steel treating plant near Detriot, MI. A tour guide was assigned to our class group and we followed her around the plant, over cat-walks, through tunnels and in and out of observation decks. I was fascinated by it all.
At one point she stopped to allow us to view the purging process. We were standing in an observation deck. Below us was darkness. Oppressive heat and the smell of fire rose toward us. Huge rectangular containers held the molten steel within …

Ministry Development »

[10 Dec 2014 | Post a Comment | 125 views]
Visiting Minister Pay Considerations

I work in the technology and design industry. I realize the following analogy is not spiritual, but to me it’s applicable to this topic. We do not hire inexperienced workers at the same rate as experienced. Our clients also don’t expect to be charged the experienced rate for our junior designers. In addition, we have one rate for local work, and another for work we do in the San Francisco valley because of the demand and value of our work. Further, many of our contracts reflect hourly rate plus travel expenses, …