We – Not Me

One thing I’ve noticed as a parent is that I’ll never have to convince my kids to post a selfie or share information about themselves on Instagram or Twitter. However, I do have to convince them to help out around the house with laundry or yard work. That’s because being self-centered comes naturally to all […]

Gospel Fools

Often God doesn’t do things the way I would do them. Perhaps you feel the same way? The Bible actually says that God’s thoughts and ways trump our thoughts and ways. This is why I love 1 Corinthians 1:10 where Paul says, “I appeal to you, brothers…” God is teaching us to appeal to one […]

House on Fire! House on Fire!

As a pastor, I often act as an emergency responder or firefighter. I get called in when someone’s marriage or life goes up in flames and have to race to the scene. Unfortunately, I often arrive too late because they didn’t call when they first smelled smoke. This weekend at Family Church we’re going to talk […]

Is Family Church Baptist or Non-Denominational?

Since we shifted away from the Baptist label, many people have wondered if we’re a Baptist or non-denominational church. (I wrote about the name change here.) I say we’re both. By that, I mean we don’t operate under a denominational hierarchy. Actually, we never have. The Catholics, Episcopalians, Methodists and others have hierarchies that determine what they believe, […]

How to Fight Right

Whether it’s with family, a significant other, friends or coworkers, we all deal with relationships on some level every day. And one thing that’s inevitable in most relationships is conflict. Whether it’s a dish-smashing, all out screaming match with your spouse or a passive-aggressive standoff with a coworker, we all fight. God wants us to […]

Swimming Upstream: Success

We love the American dream. Ideally, someone who starts with nothing can work hard and become wildly rich and successful. As American Christians, we have it made. We can enjoy spiritual, personal and financial success. It might be hard for us then when we read the Bible and see that our idea of success is […]