Posted in Personal Helps, Proactive Faith

How to Kill a Plant in 5 Easy Steps

I love plants, especially houseplants that don’t involve 95-degree sunny days, red clay, or mosquitoes. But I have a problem. Some people have “green thumbs” and can grow anything, but my thumbs are wrapped in angry yellow “CAUTION” tape. In my dad’s garden, I’m allowed to pick anything that’s visibly ripe, but otherwise, for its own safety I leave the garden alone.

Since I’ve moved to Indiana, I’ve been replacing some of the houseplants I had to leave behind – but I’ve been smart enough this time to buy only the ones I know I can’t kill too easily – pothos, Jenny Craigs, dwarf palms. After a little humbling analysis, I’ve discovered what makes me the serial plant-killer I am… and they’re exactly the same problems I’ve had to address in my Christian life. Continue reading “How to Kill a Plant in 5 Easy Steps”

Posted in Personal Helps

You’ve Got a Fool In Me


What is a fool to you?

The word carries different meanings to different people, and how you perceive it will determine what steps you take to avoid being one.

  • An idiot who makes stupid decisions.
  • Someone who runs his mouth about absolutely nothing.
  • The one who says in his heart that there is no God.
  • A person who disagrees, intelligently or not, with an opinion you hold strongly.
  • A medieval jester. (Definitely don’t be that guy.)

Continue reading “You’ve Got a Fool In Me”

Posted in Just For Fun, Personal Helps

27 MORE Ways You Know You’re a Ministry Brat


I love being a child of God. I love being active in ministry. And I love that I’m blessed with a family that has always prioritized the house of God. Whether you’re a leader or a layperson, whether you’ve been faithful to an independent Baptist church since you were 7 or started active ministry at 70, rejoice. You belong to the unique crowd of motivated “ministry brats” that keep our buildings maintained and our cars, vans, and buses rolling.

In case you missed the first Ministry Brat list, it’s over here. Meanwhile, here are 27 more clues you might be a ministry brat. Welcome to the club. Continue reading “27 MORE Ways You Know You’re a Ministry Brat”

Posted in Encouragement, Just For Fun, Why I'm a Baptist

39 Ways You Know You’re a Ministry Brat

Whether you’re a preacher’s kid or a layman’s kid, or have just been active in an independent, fundamental Baptist church for a long time, rejoice: You’re not alone.

You Know You’re a Ministry Brat When… Continue reading “39 Ways You Know You’re a Ministry Brat”