Sabbatical Reflections

It’s good to be back. I’ve been on a Sabbatical of rest and reflection for the last seven weeks. What a tremendous gift from Grace’s elder team and the Grace family. I can’t believe the seven weeks are already over. But I’m ready to jump back into the joyful grind of preaching, leadership, and ministry.

In the coming days and weeks I know I’ll be getting questions about my sabbatical. So I thought I’d answer a few here.

Rethinking Pain

There’s the story of a Rabbi who told his students that if they studied the Torah it would put Scripture on their hearts. One of them asked, “Why on our hearts, and not in them?” The Rabbi answered, “Only God can put Scripture inside. But reading sacred text can put it on your hearts, and then when your hearts break, the holy…

Finale: How to handle mean people

Part one of the series is HERE, part two HERE, part three HERE, and part four HERE. RECAP: King David has retreated to gather with his friends, family, soldiers, and bodyguards. A man by the name of Shimei comes out of nowhere to throw rocks, and yell curses and accusations at David. Shimei declares King David is a murderer and…