2-3 tablespoons olive oil
Sour cream for topping
Salsa for topping
We’ll start by putting a large flat grill on the top of the stove over a medium heat. Now to prep our avocados. Simply take a good sharp knife and cut it lengthwise around the seed (or pit). Give the sides a slight twist if necessary for the fruit to open up cleanly, and remove the pit. Repeat with each avocado. I allow 1-2 per person. I sure do!
Now, we’ll sprinkle them with lime juice, brush...
Title of your most recent book:
Who Broke My Church? 7 Proven Strategies for Renewal and Revival.
Who is the book primarily for?
Christians who want their church to have more impact for Jesus: on their community and world.
What do you love to write, and what inspired you to start?
God is all about multiplication. My library is huge! I continue to learn from others. So, I like to help others with what I have learned. Not many people get into as many churches...
As a closet Eeyore, praise does not come naturally for me. But over the years I’ve developed it as a habit . . . singing, humming, quietly thanking God throughout the day. Why? Because it focuses me on the real Truth of who He is, and not the false truth of situations.
But what if I don’t feel like praising Him, doesn’t that make me a hypocrite? Not at all. It doesn’t matter what my uninformed mind thinks or my fickle emotions feel; God’s sovereignty and love are the real...
We often hide our hurts and wounds and that can stay nestled in deep crevices for a long time. The first step to healing is to recognize we’ve been hurt. Sometimes saying the hurt out loud helps us to see the wound as it is. It’s okay to say, “Ouch! That really hurt.”
Ichabod’s mother turned bitter over her circumstances. Once we acknowledge we’ve been hurt, we get to choose what to do with the wound. Bitterness is like a fast moving...
Learning to recognize how the enemy of our souls uses intimidation to derail us is crucial to our growth in Christ. Succumbing to cultural and society expectations will always keep us from living with our hearts wide open to God's Spirit. Or, to put it another way, every single time we try to weigh what other people may think of us against our desire for more of God, we risk settling for what we’ve already experienced of Him instead of reaching for the richer life He offers.
Zucchini Squash (cut like steak fries) (Yellow squash works too)
Olive Oil Baking Spray
Unsweetened Almond Milk (or your choice of milk)
Panko Bread Crumbs
Smoked Paprika (or regular paprika)
Italian Seasoning (you could also use a steak seasoning or any other favorite spice blend)
1.Preheat oven to 400.
2. Line cut squash on a bed of paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and let sit for 20 minutes.
3. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil spray.
4. Make dredging station: Put flour in a bowl,...
What do you see when you look at your church? What thoughts run through your mind when you ponder your experiences with church in general? If you would have asked me this question as a teen, I would replied with an eye roll and a list of grievances that may sound familiar if you also attended a highly traditional congregation. Service was too long, the music was too boring and if Jesus said come as you are, then why did I have to get dressed up?
Not only did I feel this way, but most of the...
1 and ½ pounds of elbow macaroni
1 and 1/2 pound Kraft American cheese, grated
1 pound Gouda cheese, grated
2-3 large cans Pet Milk
2 sticks of butter
Salt and pepper to taste
We’ll begin by preparing the elbow macaroni according to its package directions and drained off the water. I’ve also grated 1 and ½ pounds of American cheese and a pound of Gouda. We’re going to stir all this cheese into our pasta along with two sticks of butter than we’ve sliced into pats. We’ll stir...
Christians believe Jesus is God. But this belief wasn’t the starting point for Jesus’ earliest followers. While Jesus’ humanity was a given for the disciples, his divinity was a truth they had to grow into believing—it was a journey of faith. As Christians today, we’re also called into a faith journey—this time, to rediscover Jesus’ humanity. Yes, we believe that Jesus is God, but do we believe in his humanness? And if so, how does that transform our own experience of...
(Makes 2 loaves)
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ginger
1/2 t. cloves
1 t. nutmeg
1 t. almond extract (optional)
1 1/2 t. salt
3 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
2 T. maple syrup
2 cans (16 oz each) pumpkin
2/3 cup light oil (I used olive oil as it was all I had on hand. Worked beautifully.)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (can use up to 2/3 cup if you love nuts)
1/2 cup roughly dried cherries or cranberries (can use up to 2/3 cup if you prefer more...
As a missionary kid growing up in Guatemala, I survived the destructive effects of a massive earthquake and a major military coup. As an adult now living in Houston, I have survived the destructive effects of a hurricane. But I don’t think I’ve coped with it very well.
Hurricane Harvey had already been at work for three noahic days when my wife, Phaedra, asked me to check on the condition of the streets so that we could make an informed decision: pack our bags or hunker down. We have a...
There’s a poem Eugene Peterson can’t get out of his head. It’s a brief, difficult poem called “As Kingfishers Catch Fire” by 19th-century poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, just the kind you might expect a thinky, reclusive person like Peterson to like. “Kingfishers” layers on simile, pointing to a “just man” (seemingly “just” as in “moral”), whom it describes as one who “Acts in God’s eye what in God’s eye he is—Christ.”
“As Kingfishers Catch Fire” is about...
1. You matter.
We know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you. 1 Thessalonians 1:4
Remind them they are chosen and loved by God. God sings over them, Zephaniah 3:17, has plans for them, will listen to them and be found by them when they pray. Jeremiah 29:11-13. See Psalms 20:4; 40:5; 119:26; 138:8; Proverbs 16:3.
The concept of making a difference is understandable – yet do our children need to hear us tell them they can change the world? Yes. They matter, their life matters,...
1 pound of fresh mushrooms
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 cup olive oil
½ cup red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons tarragon
2 teaspoons grated onion
1 teaspoon celery salt
Salt and pepper to taste
First we’ll snip the dried ends off of a pound of fresh mushrooms and wash ’em well. While they’re draining we’ll start on the marinade.
For our base, I’m going to take a cup of olive oil and combine with it a half-cup of red wine vinegar. It’s best to put this in a container with a top and shake it. You...