Don't Like Everyone

Dear Friends, This week I’m at a pastor’s conference in Minneapolis. It’s a trip I make every year, because it’s a conference that's designed to give pastors something we all really need: a chance to experience worship from the other side of the pulpit. So there is good teaching, and good worship, and lots of time to fellowship with folks who all do pretty much the same thing. And while I always come away refreshed, I also come away challenged by what I hear from the teachers and other participants. That’s exactly what happened yesterday at one of the workshops I was attending, when I overheard the couple in front of me arguing over whether or not Christians are called to “like” everyone.

Checked Baggage

Dear Friends, Recently my wife and I had the privilege of taking a trip to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. As we were loading up the car to head to the airport, I was struck by how much baggage we had. To be honest, it was a bit surprising, as my wife and I are usually light packers when it comes to traveling. But because we didn’t have any limits on how much we could pack for this particular trip, it was easy to take a lot of stuff with us. The problem was, by the time we lugged it from our house to the car to the airport to the check-in counter, we were exhausted! And as I sat in my seat on the plane, thinking about how much physical baggage we were carrying with us, it occurre

Don't Achieve, Just Receive

Dear Friends, Over the years, one of the things life has taught me is that we all seem to want peace. Whether it’s peace in the world, peace in our country, peace with our neighbors, peace with our families, or peace with ourselves - if we’re human, than it seems peace is something we want. And because we want it, more often than not, we’re also willing to fight for it. This fight can take all sorts of forms - from joining the military, to voting, to trying not to be offensive with our words and actions - but it’s all done with the same goal in mind: peace. Unfortunately, the other thing I’ve learned is that true, authentic peace is not something that can be achieved - it can only be rece

Sheep & Gates & Other Tools For Worship

Dear Friends, This morning my Bible reading was in the book of Nehemiah. It’s a book I’ve read several times, and have actually preached on in the past. So I have to admit that I began reading it with an attitude that was more “duty” than “discovery”, because (again, in all honesty) I didn’t think I would learn anything new. Fortunately, God was willing to overlook my foolish pride, and prove me wrong. If you’ve not read Nehemiah before, it tells the story of the Israelites rebuilding Jerusalem after returning from their exile in Babylon. The wall around Jerusalem was the first project for the people, because it was the first line of defense against their enemies. But in Nehemiah 3, we r

Cold Cups

Dear friends, Recently a friend called me in the midst of a very challenging day and left me a message that changed my perspective on what Jesus says in Mark 9:41. If you’re not familiar with that passage, it says: “If anyone gives you even a cup of water because you belong to the Messiah, I tell you the truth, that person will surely be rewarded.” I was surprised when I saw my friend's number in my “missed call” log because we don't talk on the phone very often. But what was even more surprising was his message, as he called to say thank you for something that happened over two years ago. The result is that his expression of gratitude for something I had done ended up being the very e


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Random thoughts and ponderings on life and faith from a recovering sinner.

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Daniel May - husband, father, pastor, grocer, Packers fan, and above-mentioned recovering sinner.

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