How to Warm Your Heart in Worship
Nov 6, 2016What do you do when the worship song in your mouth is not in your heart?
Homophobia Has No Place in the Church
Mar 29, 2016Homophobia is not the same as loving, biblical opposition to certain behaviors or beliefs, but a fear-based attitude that often leads to unhelpful stereotypes, prejudice, and mistreatment.
Eat with Those Who Weep
Helping the Hurting at Thanksgiving
Nov 25, 2015I know what it is like to feel alone. I know what it is like to watch everyone else celebrate an endless number of special occasions with someone whose presence is simply assumed as absolute, while I scroll through my contacts trying to find a friend who isn’t “already busy.”
A God Worth Repeating in Worship
Jul 19, 2015Today, I read the most repetitive praise song I’ve ever encountered in my life. It repeats the same line twenty-five times. In fact, that line makes up half of all the lyrics! As a worship pastor, part of my job…
Orienting on Homosexual Orientation
Jul 17, 2014I remember a particular conversation I had one evening with a good friend about my struggle with same-sex attraction (SSA). He asked me, “Attractions are messy, complicated realities. How do you deal with them toward other guys?” The real issue…
True Kinship in God’s Family
May 15, 2014Recently, I had the amazing joy of welcoming into the world my newest niece and nephew. It’s a privilege beyond measure to be called an uncle. However, by all natural accounts, this is an impossible reality because I only have…
Same-Sex Attraction and the Wait for Change
Jan 29, 2014Few concepts are more foreign to our culture than waiting. Now you can take a picture of a check with your phone and deposit it instantly into your bank account without even leaving your Lay-Z-Boy. “Instant,” it seems, has become…
Is It Sin to Experience Same-Sex Attraction?
Dec 17, 2013There is no way around it. Dealing with same-sex attraction is messy. There are many issues that, at least on the surface, do not seem clear. Take this question, for example: Is same-sex attraction (SSA) itself sinful, and if so,…