Put Together

Seven colleague friends from six countries and five continents met for three months in Delhi, India to form the team that would lead YWAM’s first School of University Ministries.

Lessons of Limitations

I was given a gift during that time. Though I feel pain in my body everyday since that fateful night, I received the gift of God’s grace.

Forbidden to Tell

The truly spiritual do not seem to have interest in spiritual things. They don’t make a side show of the supernatural.

How Much Do You Want

Some have made it a career pretending to be called to preach. They’re more concerned about money than they are the people God loves.

Good Fences

Conflicts arise when there’s confusion about our God given boundaries, when someone crosses over into a territory where they have not been invited.

Don’t Cut Me Out

No longer in lockstep with an exclusive vision of a pure breed with a pure set of rules, he sat at every table with the welcoming warmth of the Father.

Social Justice and What We’ve Done to Grace

Special grace leads a person to show compassion, to suffer with others, which is something government programs cannot do. The Good Samaritan understood social justice.

Astonishing Blessings

  My wife Mary heard stories about her dad who fought in China during WWII. One day, after we had two little boys, Justin & Nathan, she told me since she was a little girl she wanted to adopt a girl from China. Surprised, I said, “If that is going to happen, it’s probably going […]

Ready to go?

We were suddenly responsible for YWAM’s Field Ministry Internships program, college teams that were serving in three countries that summer.

Your Home

We host co-laborers in the gospel, people we are happy to commend, from all over the world. Did you know your home is important to kingdom work?

Handling Gifts

Northern America’s 281 million Christians have a personal income of about $14.4 trillion dollars, which is about seven times more than the incomes of Africa’s 768 million Christians.

Simply Flowed

Jesus invited the rich young ruler on an adventure of faith, which works through love. Paul’s appeal is the same. Join the adventure.

Friends of Friends

When conflict points me and my friends back to God, there’s a purity of heart that can be seen, can be felt. And it’s contagious.

His Family

The world will tell you to compromise, but that’s not relationship. It’s not compromise God does; it’s sacrifice. It’s not selfish narcissism God expects, it’s integrity.

Crazy

Gaining a red nose for Matthew the Clown was the reward of a pure heart. And the onlookers who received it, got the free gift of new life.

Unstoppable

It’s super powers. The attitude of gratitude smooths the way. The hope within overcomes all obstacles in sight. Nothing can stop us from breaking loose from the chains of adversity. “That’s why we live with such good cheer. You won’t see us drooping our heads or dragging our feet! Cramped conditions here don’t get us […]

Never Old

The face app shows us what we’ll look like when we’re older. I’m not interested. Some spend everything on a house, cars, clothes, and facelifts to make their latter years better. Pardon me, but even a flawless beaches or sandals existence can’t cut it. While praying for His kingdom to come, my heart’s been spoiled. […]

Rally

Like watching a javelin thrown through the air to a rallying point, we catch a vision of where we are to be in the future. We hear God’s whisper wooing us forward toward that goal, “this is the way.” We muster strength to press on toward the high calling, a joyous feast with the One […]

Details

I was jammed up, confused by details, lost in my own dark tomb. Then Jesus flooded my secret shame with light. Every detail clean and clear. Nothing hidden. Details are what make the difference. So, why shouldn’t I invite everybody to this party of freedom? “We’re not keeping this quiet, not on your life. Just […]

Not Much

Even our best moments, our most awesome adventures and snappiest selfies can’t compare. Even the best photographers can’t catch the real story hidden behind the smiles. There’s more to you, the real you God made. And as soon as you know God deposited his Spirit in you, the contrast between the outside and the bright […]

Runner

When I was born, I opened my eyes screaming, gasping for breath. I imagine I was pretty good at making noise, announcing my arrival. I don’t remember it, but I know my eyes had never seen light before. My parents told me they thought that was a pretty terrific day. But they don’t dote over […]

Snapshot

There’s no-one behind a curtain. No hidden agenda. Not with God. Don’t be distracted by the noise, critical comments from the cynical class. They’ll promise the world, but there’s no vision of God with them. You can’t see God if you’re looking away. Look. He’s shown Himself. Jesus Christ is the exact representation of God. […]

Arena

President Theodore Roosevelt gave a famous speech, citizenship in a Republic, at the University of Paris in 1910. Here’s an excerpt: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the […]

Turn

It’s in the turning. Owning my story, my failures, disappointments, and shame. It’s really true; I can’t save myself. But when I turn full face looking into the eyes of the One who sees, there’s no space between us. I’m changed; bright and holy. “Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God […]

Seeing

The most amazing gift of all is sight. Grace empowers us to say, “I was blind, but now I see.” Seeing what held us in bondage is key to seeing the glorious hope we have received. “With that kind of hope to excite us, nothing holds us back. Unlike Moses, we have nothing to hide. […]

Pardon

Not just off the hook; the guilt is gone. Not on parole, you’re on parade spreading the never-fading good news. “If the Government of Condemnation was impressive, how about this Government of Affirmation? Bright as that old government was, it would look downright dull alongside this new one. If that makeshift arrangement impressed us, how […]

Light

Fashions fade. Moments pass. Events end. Moses hid behind a veil as he represented what God did and wants to do. The law cannot reveal the heart of the Law-Giver; it sucks the life out of even well intentioned followers. Have you seen the permanent light in the face of our living Lord? “The Government […]

Plan

It’s people, not projects. It’s family, not a function. It’s a community, not a corporation. Follow His plan. “We couldn’t be more sure of ourselves in this—that you, written by Christ himself for God, are our letter of recommendation. We wouldn’t think of writing this kind of letter about ourselves. Only God can write such […]

Publish

It’s not titles, positions, or diplomas that matter in the end. It’s relationships, the kind that matter. The friendships that leave a tattoo on the heart are better than gravestone poetry. This is what is so good about the good news. “Does it sound like we’re patting ourselves on the back, insisting on our credentials, […]

Face

Like when your first child is born, there’s no way you can humanly handle what it means. It’s impossible. You might as well be given responsibility for another universe. And that’s the point. Our children look at our faces to find their identity, security, and hope. That’s what God wants. Look up child. “This is […]

Whiff

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss paints with pastel colors the exciting life ahead of you. Holy Spirit agrees and He adds fragrances dripping with life, hope, joy. Imagine that! So how can such a delicious aroma be a stench to others? A farmer looking out over his fields where he spread manure understands. […]

Yes

What I said I would do is not going to happen. I was wrong. Integrity of heart is not only doing what you say; it’s admitting when you were wrong. Then your “yes” will be “yes, and amen.” “Are you now going to accuse me of being flip with my promises because it didn’t work […]

Doors

When the door opens without any effort, and when the opportunity to tell the story of Jesus’ complete work of salvation is more than welcomed – when it’s sought, that’s when you have relaxed confidence that God is doing something really big. “When I arrived in Troas to proclaim the Message of the Messiah, I […]

Responsible

“The focus of my letter wasn’t on punishing the offender but on getting you to take responsibility for the health of the church. So if you forgive him, I forgive him. Don’t think I’m carrying around a list of personal grudges. The fact is that I’m joining in with your forgiveness, as Christ is with […]

Pain

Everyone has a story. Sometimes painful memories cause tears to well up. Will the hurt go away? To avoid causing pain, I understand why Paul would rather stay away. Sometimes I wonder how God feels about a broken friendship. He longs to restore. He’s already paid the ultimate price. But if it causes you pain […]

Point to Jesus

The simple price for learning is to pay attention. Leaders make mistakes and later share what they learned. We don’t need to repeat the mistakes. But when we do, we can tell others the valuable lesson. Spiritual Leadership is not manipulative. Spiritual leaders will always point you and release you to Jesus. “Now, are you […]

Yes and Amen

What I said I would do is not going to happen. I was wrong. Integrity of heart is not only doing what you say; it’s admitting when you were wrong. Then your “yes” will be “yes, and amen.” “Are you now going to accuse me of being flip with my promises because it didn’t work […]

Forest for Trees

I’m rereading Paul’s second letter to the believers in Corinth because there is something that should be plainly seen. “Now that the worst is over, we’re pleased we can report that we’ve come out of this with conscience and faith intact, and can face the world—and even more importantly, face you with our heads held […]

Step Back – Look Again

We’ve all heard it, “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” No matter how deeply you look at anything, it’s important to step back from it in order to see it more clearly. I just read a post by Seth Godin, Roads or Buildings? Godin explains that in the past 150 years, virtually every […]

What I learned about power and politics in Washington

I was at Washington for Jesus in 1988. That huge gathering on the Washington Mall had all the indicators of a massive movement, including a stage filled with Christian leaders from many denominational and nondenominational streams of the Christian Church. The National Park Service estimated the crowd at 200,000. The 1988 rally also helped set a single day […]

Be Pro-Choice

How does influence grow? John Maxwell writes, “Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.”  We all make bad decisions. But if we refuse to change, those decisions produce bad character. And that bad character influences others around us. Positive Influence So then, influence comes from character, and character comes from choices we repeatedly […]