Tour Guide Christianity

The Beauty of Experiencing God First-Hand

I love art museums. I love being surrounded by the old masters and the contemporary ones.  The beauty and creativity encourage and energize me.  When our local museum was looking to add to their pool of docents, I jumped at the chance. It’s been a great way to volunteer in the community and it ensures […]

Safe Surrender

Giving Others a Port in the Storm

I was driving by a fire station a couple of weeks ago when I saw a sign that I hadn’t seen before. The sign stated that the station was a safe surrender site. That means someone could bring a child there in the first seven days of his or her life and hand them over […]

A Classic On Christian Growth

Book Review: The Spirit of the Disciplines

Few authors had as clear an understanding about the challenges of growing as a Christian as did Dallas Willard, and few books explain the process better than his 1988 classic, The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives. There are a small number of books that should be read and reread over your […]

Advent Reading 2018: Joy

George Frederick Handel is one of the most famous composers in history. His Messiah is played and performed in churches and auditoriums all across the world each Christmas. The USA Today once reported that 125 million people had heard Messiah the previous year. His composition has influenced other songs as well. One hundred years after his death, […]

Advent Reading 2018: Peace

St. Francis of Assisi penned his now famous prayer over 800 years ago. It is a serious request to ask to be made an instrument of peace. Francis was born into a wealthy family but left it all to follow God and serve the poor. Francis didn’t simply pray for peace, but to be a […]

Healthy Anger

Anger and Emotional Control

For many years anger has been the most socially acceptable emotion. In fact, a recent study has found that 94.3% of all social media posts are motivated by anger, the other 5.7% are puppies or someone’s latest meal. Ok, that’s not true. I made it up, but it feels true doesn’t it? Everybody seems angry […]

Thoughts on Eugene Peterson

A Blessing To All

“When we sin and mess up our lives, we find that God doesn’t go off and leave us- he enters into our trouble and saves us.”     -Eugene Peterson In an age where more and more Christians are choosing to define themselves by what they stand against, Eugene Peterson was a voice of sanity […]

Thoughts From The Edge Of A Hurricane

Life is different on the edge

No one was sure where exactly Hurricane Florence was going to do her damage, but all seemed sure it would be brutal. They were right. We prepared for the storm where we lived, but were only touched by the outer edges of the storm. Some trees down, scattered areas of lost power, some flooding. As […]

Lessons From Year Two

An Untrained Dad's Observations

My son Carter turns 2 today and it’s caused me to look back over the past two years and reflect on how things have changed in me and in my family. Here is what I’ve learned:   Colic is real. Carter wasn’t big on sleep for the first six months of his life and did […]