Entries by Joshua Sklar

Friend

What To Do When a Friend Hurts You

I don’t think I need to ask if you have ever been hurt by a friend.  Being hurt is common to the human experience.  Each of us, at one time or another, has been wounded by someone that we have allowed to be close to us.  Sometimes, the wounding has been necessary to help us become what God […]

Inviting

Why Inviting People To Church Is So Hard

Have you ever considered why Churches grow? There are actually many Church growth models out there. A Google search for the exact phrase “Church Growth Strategies” returned 98,400 results. Almost all of the results were tools of evangelism, i.e. sharing your faith with people who have not yet experienced Jesus. There were even some incredibly creative and diverse […]

Church

What Should Church “Look Like”?

Has you ever been asked what Church looks like? When most are asked this question,  they talk about the physical aspects of a building.  Gothic cathedrals to modern theatrical spaces, tiny white clapboard buildings to movie theaters and rented halls – we all have an idea of what Church ‘should’ look like.  Perhaps our ideas are shaped […]

Speak

Watching How We Speak To Our Kids, Spouses, and Others

Week in and week out I take the time to pray Psalm 19:14.  It is a verse that asks, “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” And I always pray this simple prayer, a Psalm of David, just before […]

Idol Worship

21st Century Idol Worship

Talk to a dozen different people and you will see what they think is important.  One couple searches for and discusses travel plans for their next trip constantly.  Business folks consistently talk about the next big deal or a project coming down the pipe.  Enthusiasts of every stripe will regale you with tales of their […]

Center Stage

Putting God Center Stage

I don’t know about you, but I have a pretty vivid imagination.  As a child, in my mind, I won numerous Stanley Cups in overtime and lived out an incredible life in covert ops.  As I grew older, my imagination changed to six figure salaries and global travel.  My imagination took me on journeys filled […]