Why the Oscars shocker is kinda like Heaven.

I watched the Oscars last night. I was rooting for Hacksaw Ridge to win for Picture, Director, and Actor of the Year, but I knew it was a long shot. The general consensus was La La Land was going to sweep the awards. I saw this film, and I thought it was OK, but not deserving of so much acclaim. I hope I don’t lose my “man-card” over this, but I do like musicals—in addition to a lot of “guy” . . . read more ›

Let’s Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing!

It seems to me there are people in the church today who have lost, in many ways, their focus. They have missed what their priorities ought to be. It seems that many in the church have forgotten that the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. I think we have lost sight of who our real enemies are. I think we have forgotten what we are really for. We have forgotten what the real weapons of . . . read more ›

Let the First Lady Pray!

“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” So goes the first part of the most well-known prayer in the world, the Lord’s Prayer, given to us 2,000 years ago by Jesus himself. Who would ever think this beloved prayer — said by billions of people, for thousands of years — would be considered controversial? But apparently it is. Especially when prayed by the . . . read more ›

Lessons from Jonah

This week on A New Beginning, I’m talking about the book of Jonah and the lessons that we can learn about obedience. Here’s a video of me telling the story of Jonah to some of my granddaughters a couple years ago. Feel free to watch it with your kids or grandkids! We’ve also put together some resources for pastors and group leaders who want to teach through the book of Jonah: sermon notes, message highlights, video and audio content, and . . . read more ›

When the Bottom Drops Out

Have you ever had the bottom drop out of life? Without warning, one problem after another hits you in rapid succession. The New Testament book of James points out two varieties of trials and troubles that can come our way: those we bring on ourselves and those that come through no fault of our own. James, the half brother of Jesus, was writing to the 12 tribes of Israel that had been scattered abroad. They were no longer ruling Israel . . . read more ›