Thoughts On Friendship: “I Don’t Need You!”

Ricky was the most popular guy in our fourth grade culture—smart, admired by all the girls, good in sports, and hip in that grade school kind of way. Everyone wanted to be Ricky’s best friend. And I was … for about three days. I remember how great it felt living in...

Kevin Butcher On Shame, A Followup

Kevin Butcher is one of my closest friends. Kevin pastors Hope Community Church in Detroit, Michigan. He describes himself as a pastor passionate about helping believers get freedom from wounds of their childhood that so often keep them trapped, living addictively and...

How To Identify A Real Friendship

A Friendship Day Two or three times a year I fight the 57 freeway traffic down to Orange County to meet one of my lifelong friends. Dave Burchett and I met in 1980, my first year at Dallas Seminary. I think our wives were in a Bible study together in the little...

3 Ways Community Enriches Life

There’s nothing like it: A web of redemptive relationship sharing Jesus’ love in protective and nurturing ways. These were my thoughts on community a few years ago after sharing a Thanksgiving conference and meal with friends: I had just wrapped up five of...