What God Begins God Finishes

Philippians 1:6 says, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (NLT). These verses build three ways in which your confidence, your faith is increased.

Here is a link to a recent post at the Southeast Missouri.


God sees what I cannot possibly see

Gideon is one of my favorite stories from the Old Testament. When we first meet Gideon he is hiding in a cave threshing out wheat. An angel of the Lord appears to him and greets him in a way that is not consistent with the circumstances. God sees who Gideon will become, intervening in his life, long before Gideon even knows who he is.

My recent column at The Southeast Missourian expands on this blog.



Summer Reading

I’m always reading something. I just finished The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt: A Lifetime of Exploration, and Triumph of American Natural History by Darrin Lunde. A fantastic read. I am currently reading American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Solomon. (Though while doing some research for this short introduction I’ve been made aware of a controversy surrounding Solomon’s work that I need to investigate further.)

My latest post with LifeWay Pastors speaks to three reasons to add a biography to your reading list this summer. I say there are three, but really include four in the post.

Three Reasons to Read a Biography This Summer


A ​Mother’s Influence

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day. A day that sometimes I celebrate correctly. Other times I limp along. No matter how well I celebrate Mother’s day I am always thankful for the influence of my wife and my mother.

This past Sunday he Southeast Missourian published an editorial on a mother’s influence from Romans 16:13; “”Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother — and mine” (CSB).”

A Mother’s Influence



Bloom Where You’re Planted

Everyone has thought about what life would be like in a different place. How if they were just in a different place, in a different job, then their work would be fulfilling, their children will get along, and their water heater will never quit. We also know, deep down, that how we are here is how we will be there. You can though make the most of where you are.

My latest post with LifeWay Pastors speaks to making the most of where you are. Ways to bloom where you’re planted.


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Source: NewYorker, January 14, 2018, Instagram


Bloom Where You’re Planted