In this episode of The Pulse Podcast, I discuss the much-neglected (but powerful) practice of fasting. Our society is more into self-indulgence than self-control. But Jesus assumed his disciples would do it. So here is some background and help.
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How do a magical bunny, eggs, the names “Maundy” and “Good Friday,” and the death of an innocent man all…
A lot of people “give something up” for Lent? What about the Frenemy, whose grip around your heart is probably tighter than you know.
From the Inauguration to forgotten tragedies, enemies and echo chambers, here are 6 ideas. Listening option available.
January is bad, even in a good year! Maybe 1 of these ideas will help. Maybe it’s reverse inertia, stepping back from the Frenemy, or standing firm. Listening option available.
Just a great human teacher, or God-in-the-flesh? This post looks at 2 categories of passages: clear statements by Jesus himself, and things he did that only God could do. Listening option available.
When we hear something so much, we stop hearing it. Instead of paying more attention, we pay less. So here’s an in-depth look at Jesus’ birth in Luke 2. [Audio version included.] Christmas is different, but still meaningful.
A word for my fellow Jesus-followers. Traditions? Yes. Traditionalism? No. Here’s the difference and some suggestions.
Written alongside Richard Topping, this post suggests a short motto for navigating a pandemic as God’s people.
We like to be in control. But these days, we don’t have as much of it as we’d like. Here’s why, and some coping strategies for a brand new world.
Prayer is important — and sometimes difficult. Okay, maybe often? Here are 8 practical suggestions to help you with “the sweetest work of the soul.”
We want to be happy, right? Let’s look beyond the quick fixes and Band-Aid answers of our society with these four suggested ingredients by John Calvin.
Turbulence happens in this short flight called life. Here’s the Forward to my new book that explains a bit more about the storms we experience, and what to expect in the book.
More of us are worshiping online. But there’s a risk. It can become something we WATCH instead of something we DO. Here are practical ideas to help.
COVID-19 has taken a toll on children as well. They have lost things; they grieve. Here are two suggestions for Christians.
We need to be proactive (not reactive) about our well-being, especially in the wake of COVID-19. This post links to an article for The Gospel Coalition Canada.
In the midst of COVID-19, I think many people are under significant strain. As a pastor, here’s what I think will help.
It’s hard. I know. But these 5 ideas may help you live with uncertainty indefinitely in the midst of Covid-19.
Every year we meet together to celebrate the resurrection, but not this year. When I say don’t come to church, I’m talking about the building. You ARE the church. Here’s some perspective about an Easter that will be different.
A lot of people are stressed or anxious. Here are 20 quick & super-practical ways to help calm and relax your mind.