Don’t Forget the True Beauty of Christmas

My family spends a great deal of time on the Gulf enjoying the emerald waters and sugar sand beaches. Like many of you, I grew up making that drive south, passing through small towns and keeping an eye out for the first palm tree. The beach was like entering a different world, and standing knee-deep […]


Giving Thanks
For What Binds Us?

On Thanksgiving… Are we really just thanking God for the things that keep us BOUND IN FEAR? Now, no one will ever make that statement when the family is going around the room sharing the one thing for which they are grateful. At least, we hope not. What a downer that person would be. So, […]


When There’s Pain at Church

Most of you are enjoying this issue outside of the walls of a church. For more than 20 years, River Region Christians has been about touching lives with the Good News beyond the church walls. But, an important sec­ond focus for us is to help connect any of you who are unchurched with churches, where […]


Do We Need

Sometimes that question is a no-brainer. We turn on the news or pull it up online and are instantly bombarded with pain and struggle. We’re left working through questions about the meaning of life and why things like [fill in the blank] happen. Yes, we need lots of hope, and we need it fast! Then […]


What Things Are Making You
Miss Jesus?

Those super religious guys in the Bible were serious about being amazing followers of God.  I’m sure some were jerks about it as they proudly boasted in their works, but I imagine others were sincere in their efforts to do what they believed was right and honoring to God. Sadly, most all of these missed […]


Do I Have to Go to Church?

Have you ever heard anyone say, “You don’t have to go to church to be a Christian?” Maybe that’s something you said or thought, but is it true? Yes, I think it is true that you can be saved by Christ and not attend church, but you would be missing out on one of the […]


School’s Out!
Now What?

Today I picked our youngest up from her bus stop, and to celebrate the last day of school, we took off to Chipotle for lunch and then to get her favorite, a flavored tea from New Wave.  We hugged and high-fived about her good grades.  She was a bundle of energy as we dreamed of […]


Who Impacted Your Life As A Child?

Can you think of one person in particular who impacted your life as a child?I was a youth minister for 11 years and there were hundreds of kids that came through the church doors each week. As a minister on church staff, I know a lot of those teens appreciated the role I played in […]


We’re All Cracked Up!

Did your parents hide your Easter basket on Easter morning? One year my basket would be hidden in a bottom cabinet behind the pots and pans. Then the next year it might be inside the dryer. I loved finding my basket full of marshmallow peeps, a few Cadbury Eggs, and jelly beans that had sifted […]


New Things Are Coming!

Do you remember a few weeks ago when we got up to about 80 degrees? The sun was out, and the sky was powder blue. I bought a Jeep this year and that was my first chance to take the doors and top off, so you better believe I took advantage of it! Riding down […]