Game Plan

During my coaching years I usually watched between 80-90 hours of film weekly to prepare the game plan for the coming week.  In my earlier years of coaching, I would often use the same plan again and again against different opponents, which usually proved ineffective. I learned that I couldn’t just show up with the same plan, but that I …

Names

My lips will glorify you because Your faithful love is better than life. So I will praise You as long as I live; at Your name, I will lift up my hands.  Psalm 63:3-4 The arrival of our third child is approaching. We don’t have a name yet, and we don’t even know the gender.  Our society values names, and …

Favoritism

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritismbut accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. Acts 10:34-5 Today’s current events have caused me to reflect on my days of coaching.  Oftentimes, players would talk about who they believed were the coach’s favorites, and …

Witness

Acts 1:7-8 “It is not for you to know the times or dates that the Father has set by his own authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Today, there is racial …

Seconds

In the same way let your light shine before men so that they will see every good work and glorify our Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16 Last week, I watched the documentary Breaking2, which chronicled the lives of three elite marathon runners. The project was an experiment created by Nike to see if one of the runners could break the …

Where is the Church

What does the word “church” mean? To many, the word connotes a building that is a place of worship. As Christians living in today’s COVID epidemic, we can no longer gather on Sundays in our churches, yet the church hasn’t gone anywhere, it lives inside us in the Holy Spirit, and it has been and will always be about God …

Certain Uncertainty

This past week an article in The Wall Street Journal stated that 72% of Americans today would be uninterested in attending any major sporting events. In a culture where the majority of our lives have revolved around the god of sports, it’s unbelievable to think that attending a sporting event is now of little interest to people, and that every …

Childlike Faith

In the midst of the current coronavirus crisis in the world, I have been reflecting on what God is teaching me. Quarantined inside my home with my two young children I get new pop-ups across my phone, am on more zoom calls than ever before, and continue to watch the death rate climb. In contrast, I observe my children whose …

FILLING THE GAP

This past weekend, we took the opportunity as a family to visit a local park.  It was a cool nevertheless beautiful sunny day!  This particular park was full, it was amazing to see so many people outside.  In fact, it may have set a record for the amount of people it contained in one day for the month of March. Now …

Perspective

When I was a child I had an eye disorder called Amblyopia.  My left eye was beyond perfect at 20/15, while my right eye was way off the charts at 20/200.  To help strengthen my right eye I had to wear a patch on my left eye at school and while watching television or reading.   At school, with my left …