Where do we get out?

Where do we get out?

by guest blogger Jonathan LaBarge As we have a Lord who is found out on the water, your church becomes something of a laboratory for stepping out of the boat. Your experiments live out Peter’s question: “Lord, if it’s you, call me out upon the...
Out of the boat

Out of the boat

by guest blogger Jonathan LaBarge The disciples are straining at the oars. The current, the wind, perhaps even the sea itself seems against them. Darkness cuts off their vision from the confines of the boat (Mt. 14). Where are they going? Could they even make it...
Overflowing with thankfulness

Overflowing with thankfulness

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” – Colossians 2:6-7 It’s so easy to focus on the negative… it’s where...
Your labor is not in vain

Your labor is not in vain

Those of us in the US are celebrating Labor Day today—a day to rest and reflect on our labors. Labor—work—is a mixed bag when we think about it. Sometimes it’s something we try to avoid. Sometimes it’s something we throw ourselves into compulsively. Sometimes it feels...
Happy (In)dependence Day

Happy (In)dependence Day

As we celebrate our independence in the US today, I’ve found myself thinking of the opposite: dependence. Although independence– the ability to go it alone and not have to rely on anyone other than yourself– is what’s valued in my own culture, the humble...
What’s your vision for leadership?

What’s your vision for leadership?

What’s your vision for leadership? Do you want to see people becoming disciples, their lives changed, their hearts turned toward others in service and compassion? Do you want to see them becoming parts of groups and teams that multiply and reach out beyond themselves?...