Unless the Lord Builds the House

The fact that Psalm 127 was written by Solomon ought to give every struggling man or woman some semblance of hope. After all, Solomon, despite his wisdom, was a profoundly broken and messy man, whose family dynamics and private world were an utter wreck. For him, with all of that as his backdrop, to come to the place of acknowledging […]

Five Benefits of Powerful Story

Bethel Church’s @Home Ministry seeks to empower families to thrive, and just as we have enjoyed important resource seasons in the past year or so, so we now begin another called “Movies@Home” (stop by Bethel Church’s @Home Center for great resources about movies as well as tons of other helpful tools for all kinds of family issues). The premise of […]

Demons of the Soil and the Soul

Just off the upper patio behind our house is a lower patio made up of hundreds upon hundreds of small bricks. On this patio is an old table with four chairs, plus a chimenea that has about seen its last days. And there are weeds. I’d like to say that there were weeds, but it’s not the nature of weeds […]

The Legacy Begins at Home

In our time Christian families are struggling. Too many of our youth are walking away from the church, and too many families are conditioned to believe that the church is primarily responsible for the spiritual development of children. This reality not only needs to be called out, but it needs to be addressed boldly and thoughtfully. That is why at […]

Manage the Moment or Build the Individual. You Choose.

There are two ways of influencing a situation that tend to dominate the leadership landscape. One is to manage the moment. This is when the person in authority recognizes the need for change and pursues a safer course toward transformation, putting into motion the manipulation of tasks or systems or behavior for an immediate effect. In general the burden of responsibility […]