We should rightly teach our kids to value and appreciate all other kids, regardless of their color, ethnicity, home life, affluence, or popularity. As a parent, I want my kid to sit next to the kid that has no friends, to play with the kid that’s alone, to have friends that look different, and to look for the value that everyone comes to the table with. Why is it, then, that if take a look at our own, personal community that we’ll find almost everyone looks like us, acts like us, believes like us, and shares our views?Continue reading
We teach our kids to understand that there are differences between them and others, but we also show them to recognize and celebrate those differences. In the best case, we’re teaching our kids that just because another kid is different, that doesn’t mean you can’t be friends. But… Is that how we live?Continue reading
Do you feel like it’s been a struggle to carry friendships throughout the different seasons of life? Maybe it’s not their fault. Perhaps it’s something in you, something you can fix! In this episode, Kevin is going to talk about three things that every relationship needs and what happens when one of those is missing. Listen now…
Friendship is an enigma wrapped in a riddle.
My friend Bob used to say that about things that were confusing. I don’t really understand it, but I get what it means. It’s a confession… a confessing of complication and confusion. It’s as if you’re saying, “This topic is so convoluted and difficult to understand that we can all have different opinions on it and all be right.”
Understanding friendship is like trying to nail down Jello (that’s another one of my favorite sayings from Bob… he has a lot of them).
Here’s a very simple principle for when things seem convoluted:
When things are confusing, go to the Bible for timeless wisdom.
In January of 2012, my wife and I started working towards planting a new, life-giving church in Albemarle, NC. It was a scary, exciting, and faith-filled journey. We left behind a city we loved living in, friends we loved doing life with, and a church we’d given years to build.
I thought planting a church was all about church.
During that time Christian music in general, and worship music specifically, seemed remarkably inadequate to reflect the complexities of the world that I was learning to navigate. The answers coming from Christian music seemed so sterile and trite. I’m not saying they’re not true, I’m just saying they didn’t fit.
Then came John Mark …