The Freedom of Confession

The Freedom of Confession

If you’re reading this post on its day of release, Gem and I are near Munich, Germany leading a two-day retreat for a group of U.S. Navy chaplains and RPs on the theme of “unhurried leadership.” We would welcome your prayers for us and these leaders. One of the...
Obedience: An Unexpected Path to Freedom

Obedience: An Unexpected Path to Freedom

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about obedience. It’s one of those words that is definitely out of fashion these days. It sounds like nothing but bad news. A while back, I was reading through the book of Joshua. It tells the story of a young Joshua taking over...
The Practice of Praying Scripture: Psalm 51

The Practice of Praying Scripture: Psalm 51

Reading the Bible isn’t just a “learn about God” activity. It is a “listen to God and respond” practice. When I hear that “the word of God is alive and active (Heb 4:12),” this is what I think about. A while back, when I was still writing An Unhurried Leader, I wrote...
Shaping Our Worries into Prayers

Shaping Our Worries into Prayers

I’ve said it before, but anxiety is one of my bad habits. I keep on learning to work with it and bring my worries into God’s presence. I’ve joked that “Maybe Jesus is right about anxiety.” Of course he is, but saying it that way helps me back into that truth in a way...
The Surprising Gift of Obedience

The Surprising Gift of Obedience

Obedience doesn’t sound like very good news to the average American ear. It seems like giving someone else control over my life, infringing on my freedom. It sounds like a loss of authority or self-determination (which no one seems to be excited about). But Jesus is...