It’s midnight in San Antonio, TX. I’m lined up on a concrete pad with 49 other young men. We’re all dog tired—worn out from emotional goodbyes, invasive medical screenings, and a plane ride or two across the country. Before long, a 7-foot tall drill sergeant comes busting through the squadron door. His profanity-laden tirade isn’t fit for print, but the … Read More
Now that I Can Only Imagine is out, folks are beginning to wonder more and more about what imagination looks like in the Christian life. We’ve been looking at four ways to cultivate a Christian imagination. Some of those ways are: See the Bigger Picture Bring Everything You’ve Got Dare to Be Creative Redefine What’s Possible Today, I want to … Read More
I was a Sophomore in college, and it was Easter morning, but I didn’t care. I’d never been to church or even seen the inside of a Bible. I turned on the TV in my dorm room and heard a TV preacher talking about Jesus and using the word “evidence.” That Easter morning launched me into a month-long search for … Read More
While many of us have found redemption through Jesus, there are thousands of people in the world who think their life is too messed up for them to be loved and redeemed by God. As a pastor, I meet people like this nearly every week. One person who stands out in my mind is a guy named Ryan. Ryan was … Read More
Since the movie, I Can Only Imagine hit theaters, I’ve had imagination on my mind quite a bit lately. It’s something I’ve been talking about with others and something I’ve written about in a Bible Study journal. For Christians, our ability to “see” the unseen is vital to our walk with the Lord in this world. But how we do … Read More
In the movie, The Father of the Bride, Steve Martin tells his daughter, Annie, she should put her jacket on because it’s cold outside. She completely ignores her father’s suggestion, but when her fiancé gives her the exact same advice, she quickly grabs her jacket. Sometimes pastoring feels a lot like Steve Martin did at that moment. Is Your Church … Read More
What Bart Millard and His Mother Can Teach Us About Unforgiveness “Did Bart Millard ever talk to his mother again after she left?” That’s the question I asked myself after watching the film, I Can Only Imagine. When you’ve only got a minute of screen time to tell a years-long story, details can often be hard to find. Thankfully, … Read More
Are mature Christians allowed to imagine, or is that something only children do? In today’s post, we make a case for a healthy Christian imagination. More than a simple escape, imagination is a gospel-drenched way to go deeper into God’s reality—to open the eyes of our hearts and see our whole world in the light of Jesus.