unashamed I stand

My first “real” job was at Schmidt Sporting Goods in the Wausau Center Mall. It was the perfect job for a teenager into sports. I was fifteen, a new Christian and a bit awkward socially. There were many times during a shift at work when the crowds would dwindle and stocking was slow and the…

6 Essentials for Proclaiming the Gospel

I have read dozens of books on evangelism. I have sat in conferences and seminary level courses on how to share my faith. I have equipped churchgoers with tools to present the good news to neighbors, strangers, and foreigners. On paper, I have a lot of knowledge and experience sharing the gospel, but in reality…

6 suggestions when talking to skeptics or someone with doubts

If you care about people and risk talking to the doubting, the skeptical, the confused, and the angry, you will soon run into a person who says to your counsel: I’ve tried that. Whatever you say, they will minimize it and say it doesn’t work or is unbelievable. Do not be surprised at this response….

thumb licks [4.26.12]

Is the internet ruining your brain? How to deal with the loss of a spouse. That’s not fair. Sweet gadgets for the one percent who can afford them. Do pets go to heaven? 10 of the most difficult theological issues Christians must face today. How to lead a child to Christ? The secret life of…

Lessons learned from God’s Creatorhood

What can we learn from the way God imagines and makes, and how must we change our ways of imagining and making because of what we observe in His ways? 1. What we call strange or abstract art may be closer to God’s way of creating. When God created the first giraffe He did not…

I don’t feel relevant

I was in a conversation with a middle-aged lay youth leader last week. He has been serving in his church with his wife for years. He has teenagers himself. He really cares for the teenagers and goes out of his way to love them and connect them with Christ, but he still appeared a bit…

human trafficking: modern slavery

“Trafficking” is modern-day slavery and is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world. Human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, transportation, harboring, or taking of people by means of threat, force, coercion, abduction, fraud, or deception for the purpose of exploiting them. The average age of entrance into sex trafficking is 13 years old. Members of…

what is man?

I am sure the untimely and inconvenient news was a shock to the two unwed teenagers the summer of 1979. The news, “You’re pregnant!” Abortion might have been an option, but both their Catholic parents discouraged it and encouraged the baby to be born. I am grateful my two parents decided on the side of…

the sanctity of life

January 22nd is the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. As a result, today in the US, 1 unborn child is killed every 23 seconds. When you stop to realize that the US only accounts for 3% of abortions worldwide, you realize that there is a relentless global slaughter underway. May God exercise both his mercy…

thumb licks [thanksgiving edition]

Building relationships before sharing Christ? Impossible! Making most of turkey day: thanksgiving on missions. Family Tensions and the holidays. World population grows to 7-billion. Our world has changed since the pilgrims landed on the rock. Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog. This Thanksgiving commit to give outside your family. A PLAN for giving generously. Big News: God…

thumb licks [10.21.11]

What’s a good question? How to evoke curiosity the right way. The gospel or Justice, which? Balancing the mission of the church. In defense of Disney princesses. The benefits are more than just their beauty. Three rules for polemics. Tim Keller weighs in on a debated issue. The world is built on discipline.  An open…

a concise theology of art

Art moves. Art has the innate ability to captivate your thoughts and stir your emotions. Art encompasses all of your life and the world in which you live. You cannot step outside your home or inside your home without taking in some kind of artistic expression. What is art? What is good art? What is…

the colossal compromise

A city family bought a ranch out West where they intended to raise cattle. Friends visited and asked if the ranch had a name.  “Well,” said the would-be cattleman, “I wanted to name it the Bar-J. My wife favored Suzy-Q, one son liked the Flying-W, and the other wanted the Lazy-Y. So we’re calling it…

the uncool Jesus

Is it politically or even spritially correct to say that I don’t like Christian bookstores? Marketing the Christian faith is silly. Do you think Jesus could imagine His image of clothing, bobble-head doll, iTunes, a superstar Broadway show, and crucifix’s. Nothing fires me up more than a walk through a over-advertised faith-based bargain bonanza. I…

Youth Training in Congo & the Globe

Sarah and I traveled to the Congo this summer where we were involved in running youth training seminars and connecting with church and youth leaders to try and get them thinking about youth issues, Christian camping and developing youth ministry training. This is my first visit to the Congo (my wife grew up there) and…