“You Heard Her”: The Power of a Praying Mom

Last week, I wrote that Augustine, though raised by his Christian mother to love Jesus, was not a Christian for a part of his life – he was lost in non-Christian spiritualisms, intellectual pride, and lust. One very important person I left out of the post last week that was instrumental in Augustine’s conversion was his mom, Monica. Like many …

How the Church is Like a Hardware Store | Part One

Previously, I wrote about my experiences at hardware stores. As I continued to reflect on my experience, I noticed several parallels between the hardware store experience and the church-going experience. People like to be greeted. Something deep in the human psyche makes us long for positive human contact. The best hardware stores and churches are intentional with making people feel …

Encourage Your Leaders

Ministry can be tough. Often people disagree with direction. Often people don’t see the big picture. Often people just aren’t nice. But every once in a while, someone does something that blows me away with encouragement. I had one of those experiences a few days ago when I received this handwritten letter: Bro Stephen, I want to thank you. I …