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spiritual warfare
"Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil’s evil tricks. For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age." ~Ephesians 6:11-12 What is spiritual warfare? It is an intense...
what does leadership look like
Leaders are the ones with all the answers, the one who has done it right without mistakes, the one who knows everything. The brilliant one who multitasks with one eye shut and a hand tied behind their back. No. Usually, it is the weakest person who refuses to quit and is humble enough to learn life lessons as they present themselves. Leaders...
marriage is a three-legged race
A three-legged race—wow, what a challenge those are! I remember my wife and I hobbling and hopping around, talking fast and instructing each other how to move and stay standing while trying to move forward without falling. It was a sight to see! I think we did finish the race laughing at each other—far from the front of the line....
orphan spirit
As a father, the thought of orphans touches my heart. Imagining kids without parents is saddening. Abandoned, discarded, not cared for, fatherless, needy, without an identity are some words that come to my mind when I think of orphans. On a mission trip in Odesa, Ukraine, I had a first-hand encounter with thousands of orphans. Parents had abandoned their children...
teaching transgender in the classroom
First, let me begin by reaffirming there is much to praise in our school’s reproductive health curriculum. Greater understanding around biological changes, anatomy, pregnancy, STDs, bullying, peer pressure and drawing healthy boundaries are all topics I believe our children should be armed with. I take no issue with these topics and am pleased they constitute a majority of the...
girl in the corner
Dear younger me—yeah, you—the girl in the corner with a heavy heart from striving for too long: Who are you? And yes, I truly am inquiring this of you because it is imperative this be established before venturing onward. Who are you? Where is your identity found? I can tell you where my identity used to be found: Missionary Soccer captain All-State defender ...
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