The One Thing That Grows Trust

Trusting people is hard for me. What about you? It’s not mainly because I believe people are so sinful they aren’t worthy of being trusted. That’s can be true sometimes. No, it has more to do with me. I don’t want to trust them. Trust means I need to be close, vulnerable, intimate. It’s easier to keep…

Three Brief Reflections on Reformation Day

Today is an important day. It’s Reformation Day, the day that sparked the Protestant Reformation in Europe. In fact, it’s the 500th anniversary of the day, October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenburg church, challenging several unbiblical doctrines and practices of the established Roman Catholic church…

A Brief Message to Our Ministry Partners at Grace Chapel

Inspired by Philippians 4:10-20 Dear Ministry Partners at Grace Chapel, We have greatly rejoiced in the Lord because it’s very clear you are concerned for us. Indeed, you’ve always been concerned for our well-being. You’ve showed it in various ways. Yet you didn’t always have opportunity because our needs weren’t always tangible. Sometimes they weren’t even noticeable! Our need…

We Don’t Just “Do Missions”

This has been a season of lasts for Carly and me. Tonight was our last congregational meeting on missions at Grace Chapel. We came so that I could serve as a pastor. We will be sent out as missionaries one month from today. To begin our meeting tonight, I set the context with three key biblical…

From Shepherding to Spreading

For Carly and me, our call to ministry came long ago. Before marrying, we both sensed that the best hours of our days and weeks would be devoted to introducing people to Jesus and equipping them in their faith. We’ve been doing that in various ways for all of our seven years of marriage. For the…

Day 24: You Are the Fertilizer of the Earth

“Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away.” (Luke 14:34-35) “You are the salt of the earth.” I’ve always struggled with this word from Jesus. Not because I don’t…