Posts by Jonathan

Husband. Father. Friend.

The Kingdom and Your Patch of Grass

I should say patch of sand given I live near the desert…

Maybe it is time for us to see the Kingdom of God as the thing of importance rather than our little patch of it. Instead of our own brand we could build partnerships and gospel unity for the fame of Christ in our cities.

I promise this is where the good stuff is. Outposts of Jesus’ new reality working in unison not to draw a crowd but to see the Kingdom go forth for the glory of God.

Let’s do it.

Paying Attention

I have noticed something quite worrisome as of late. No one pays attention. There seems to be too much information coming at us each day and to be honest, we are all narcisistic so we have little attention span for worthwhile things unless we are convinced they are about us.

The email that you receive but don’t read. The article you skim without absorbing (that’s me). The conversation you can’t track with because your mind is across the room. Noise upon noise and we don’t know how to listen right, hear what is said or read what is written. (Knowing this I realize the slim chance anyone will read this!)

Then reading a book on Missions by Andy Johnson I came across this gem:

“I once rented a vacation apartment on the sixth floor of a building with no elevator. The owner had been very clear in every email, stating, “This apartment is on the sixth floor and there is no elevator.” Still, the significance of her disclosure didn’t really hit me until I was panting on the fifth-floor landing, hauling suitcase number two of three up the winding stairs. Yet, as I stood there trying to remember the symptoms of a heart attack, I couldn’t feel angry toward the owner. She had been up-front about it, all along. I should have paid more attention.”

Oh man, this is good. We all have stories like this because we don’t pay enough attention.

Think about it. Awaken to what’s important. And please pay attention!

Protein Rich Preaching

The mother of one our church attenders visits every so often and she was with us this last Sunday. As she left she encouraged me with a compliment. “I love visiting, there is so much meat in your sermons.”

Now I am glad she notices this, but not because I have done anything special. In fact my preaching has been described as “dense” by others (you pick your definition). But it is the Word that is rich.

We have no hope beyond what is revealed in Scripture so that is where we dine, it is where we get fed for life.

It’s not too late for you to get a good meal. Open the Bible, hear the very word of God. Stock up on your protein daily.

There you will meet Jesus. The gracious and loving King.

Donuts will Do

There are plenty of times that I tell my kids “no.” But there are also plenty of times I say “yes!”

And nearly once a week I say yes to donuts. Sure, I like them myself, but I have also raise kids that enjoy the special treat!

While parenting is most often about convincing your kids to endure pain to get better (take the gross medicine to heal) it is also teaching each other how to chase and embrace joy.

What are the things you can say yes to today to dig up a smile in your family or friends? Or just uncover your own smile?! Go for it.

Be it a donut, a string of silly jokes, a dance party, or petting every dog you meet in the park, go for it.

Some days, donuts will do, will you?