Praying and Fasting…and Singing

NASHVILLE—This week, churches from all over the Every Nation world will begin 2018 with a week of prayer, fasting, and consecration. If you are fasting and praying with us this week, I would encourage you to download our 2018 Every Nation devotional guide on the book...

A Three-Year Old’s Theology on the Incarnation

ORLANDO—A few days ago, I embarked on the annual tradition of setting up our family Christmas tree. As I wrote last year, the agony of pine needles and tangled lights is outweighed by the joy of seeing my grandchildren, Jo and Liam, caught up in the wonder and...

An Easter Funeral

   NASHVILLE—Late last night, we arrived home from the funeral of Deborah’s grandmother, Sara Nell McAfee, known to her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren as Mama Mac. In sermons and at parenting conferences, I have often talked...

Christmas Trees, Tangled Lights, and Great Joy

NASHVILLE - Last night, I begrudgingly embarked on the annual tradition of setting up our family Christmas tree. I say begrudgingly because our massive pre-lit tree never seems to work how it’s supposed to. After wrestling the branches into place and hooking up all of...

Parenting Lessons from the World’s Busiest Father

DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA. This weekend I was in Detroit ministering with Bishop Marvin Winans  at Perfecting Church, a great church in a great city. I'll probably write more about that in a future blog. My last blog was about parenting lessons from a funeral. This...

Parenting Lessons from a Funeral

NASHVILLE, TN, USA. This past weekend Deborah, William (my oldest son), and I spoke at a parenting seminar at Bethel Brentwood. During the half-day seminar, we talked about the four E’s of parenting (sound familiar?) and tackled four big questions that every parent...

Thoughts on Thirty-four Years

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, USA. Yesterday, Deborah and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary. A lot has happened since we were married on August 21st, 1982. In 1982, Ferdinand Marcos was the longtime leader of the Philippines, Ronald Reagan was the new president of the...