How Should We Respond to the Refugee Crisis?

We live in a time of an unprecedented global exodus as people flee from war and conflict. It’s staggering. As I write this, residents of Avdiyivka, Ukraine may have to flee violence as fighting has escalated there in recent days. We know a Ukrainian military chaplain in the conflict zone. They need our prayers. More…

Driven to a Fault

A friend once related the story of a guy who was “let out of his cage” every now and then to get a specific job done. No one could do this job quite like he could, but in the aftermath, others had to clean up the human fallout. I’m glad to say this was not…

What if We Invited Jesus to Dine with Us?

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20) When I was a child, I thought fear was a monster. Now I know it’s a paper tiger. Fear of what could happen coupled…

The Soviet-Era Elevator, the Sum of all Fears, and the Solution

Everywhere I’ve traveled recently, adversity has been knocking on people’s doors and camping out. Or it’s hitting close to home when shootings occur in strip malls and movie theatres, racial tensions mount in our cities, and in war-torn places people have to leave their homes or send off loved ones to fight. In addition, we…

A Nation Torn, Yet Being Made Whole

We recently returned from a month-long ministry trip to Europe. I will write more broadly about Europe soon, but first I’ll give a snapshot of Ukraine. One of the most striking things about Lviv (the cultural center of western Ukraine) and Kyiv (the capital) where I recently visited is their normalcy. When you walk down the…

The Joys & Challenges of Trailblazing (Planting Churches)

As we prayed for the men and women who are preparing to plant churches in North America at the end of Every Nation’s Boot Camp for church planters in Nashville, I was moved by their vision and desire to go to new cities to preach the Gospel, make disciples, and start new churches. Each has…

Where is God in Our Suffering?

I will never forget the day I met Victoria. It’s etched vividly in my mind. The day began with a bizarre, disconnected incident. Police banging on the door of our home in Kyiv broke the solitude of my Saturday morning as two officers kept commanding me to open the door. I looked into my daughter,…

Can we experience spirituality without religion?

In a New York Times review of Sam Harris’ new bestseller, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, the columnist, Frank Bruni, said the book caught his eye “because it’s so entirely of this moment, so keenly in touch with the growing number of Americans who are willing to say that they do not…

Overcoming Leadership’s Dark Side: Power, Sex & Money

Leaders fall. And when Christian leaders fall, depending on how high their orbit, people can become disillusioned and forget that many do lead with integrity. When we lived in Kyiv, Ukraine I took an Ethics seminary course taught by Dennis Hollinger, President of Gordon-Conwell. I will never forget the day he lectured on power, sex…