When Ben and I first drove up to Milwaukee from West Virginia six years ago, we missed one tiny split on the highway around Chicago – it was one small lane change. Unfamiliar with the landscape of the midwest, we drove for an hour before we realized we were getting deeper and deeper into rural […]Read More Deconstruct:Reconstruct – The Summum Bonum
I’ve found myself altogether discontent lately. Maybe it’s just that I’m tired of wearing snow boots and my sub-zero parka every day. Maybe it’s just that the sunlight never seems to come bright enough, for long enough. Maybe it’s that as I pound out miles on the treadmill, unattainable images of which to measure beauty […]Read More Owned (A Lenten Meditation on Excess and Simplicity)
There are many things I bemoan in this life, in our U.S. culture. The divisiveness. The unrelenting messages we’re fed that we don’t have enough, don’t make enough, and just plain aren’t enough. The fact that our children are growing up faster and faster, forgetting how to play younger and younger, captivated by screens, tainted […]Read More Deeper than Words
This is the third post in a series discussing the book Dangerous Presence by Jason Butler. You can read more or purchase the book here. “Americans typically don’t like risk. We see risk as bad, dangerous. Risk can get us into trouble, ruin our finances, and mess up our future. Most of the time, we […]Read More Dangerous Presence: Risk Management
He’s exactly what you would expect of a 6th grade boy. High energy, an alternately charming and maddening blend of extreme silliness and budding sarcasm, an affinity for jokes involving rude body noises and a distaste for homework. He can be tough, he puts effort in to his “devil may care” demeanor. Tried to cover […]Read More Did You Forget?
If you do nothing else, please watch this: The reads: Faith, Doubt and the Idol of Certainty “An idol, I argue, is anything we use in place of God to meet this core need. While many people try to meet this need with the idols of wealth, power, success, sex and other such things, many […]Read More Weekend Reading (best enjoyed with a pumpkin spice latte)
Continuing our discussion from yesterday: How do I teach the child I am discipling about fasting? How do I include them in an age-appropriate way? The Purpose of Fasting John Wesley said of fasting “first, let it be done unto the Lord with our eye singly fixed on Him. Let our intention herein be this and […]Read More Spiritual Disciplines for Kids: Fasting
This week at Transformation City Church we have issued a church-wide emphasis on prayer and fasting. We’re focusing on surrender, of our church, of ourselves, our agendas, our goals, our dreams, our ministries… One family in the church approached me after service yesterday and asked for suggestions on ways to talk to their child about […]Read More Spiritual Disciplines for Kids: Why?