The greatest concern in my ministry leader life right now is helping my church know what they believe and learn to articulate it with gentleness and respect. I may be holding onto the impossible, but it still seems doable to be clear about what you believe, but do it with kindness while remaining friends with those who see things differently than you do.Read More
They say an elephant never forgets. If that's true, then elephants must be miserable. I think it would be nearly impossible to be happy while remembering everything.
Think about it: every argument you've ever had with your spouse, every disagreement with your children, every insult or indignity you’ve received at work or school. All these memories lingering forever in your mind for you to replay again and again.Read More
Names are important.
Unlike most important things in your life--such as where you will live, who you will marry, your school, your career, etc.--you don’t get to choose your name. When you’re born, someone gives you your name.
When I was born, I was named after a local broadcaster, Martin Karant, in Kingsport, Tennessee. My brother, Joey, was named after Joey Bishop, a famous singer my parents loved around the time he was born.Read More
A few thousand years ago, God made a promise to us. You might be surprised to know this. Here it is:
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:2Read More