Why on earth are you here?

Why on earth are you here? Has anyone ever asked you that question? If you ever hear it in a harsh tone of voice, you may find yourself tempted to shrink back and away. (Been there, done that.) Have you ever asked yourself this question? If so, how did you answer it?...

How Does Your Church Make Disciples?

  “How does your church make disciples?” It was a simple question. I had a simple answer. I described the different discipleship tools and processes we used. “But how does your church make disciples who make disciples?” I think that question is what caused me to...

What’s Your #Lifeplan?

Sitting in a pickup truck camper at Young State Park in Boyne City, Michigan, my future became clear to me. Suffering with acute bronchitis and its accompanying cough and lethargy, I spent the day in prayerful reflection. My twenty-second birthday was a couple of...

Do More of What Matters Most

I heard on the news last night that meteorological summer is here. Meteorological summer differs from astronomical summer by its restriction to the months of June, July, and August. Here in Texas, however, neither the meteorological nor the astronomical versions fully...

Overcommit Much?

“Could you speak at our conference in May?” The opportunity was solid gold. The invitation was a high honor and a pleasant surprise. “We would like to offer you . . .” The number was almost too good to pass up. One glance at the calendar, however, revealed the...

The Power of a Name

My name is David Gene Bowman. A guest preacher spoke at our church when I was about eight years old. He shook my hand and asked my name as I left the worship center that morning. When I introduced myself as “David” he said, “That’s a good Bible name.” I had never...