Ignite The Church Conference 2019

Thankful to have the opportunity to present again this year for the Ignite The Church Conference. This conference is one of the projects of my dad, Jeff Linman, who is so passionate about encouraging, inspiring, and challenging the church to bring about renewal. It’s fun to celebrate with him as we welcome about 70 people from…

Where Is The Good Way? Or What To Do When Life Gets Crazy

There were a million things racing through my head this morning (after a few cups of coffee, of course!). Laura and I returned from a wonderful vacation early this morning and now it’s back to the grind: we are weeks away from some of the biggest events of our year and the return of our…

Lives Worthy Of Imitation

A few weeks back I was reading through 2 Chronicles with the Moravian Daily Texts. Even as a history buff Chronicles is pretty boring.  Nothing much was catching my eye until I came across the story of King Zedekiah in 2 Chronicles 36:11-14.  Zedekiah begins to rule and “does evil in the eyes of the…

You Can’t Be What You Can’t See

Paul’s invitation is a daunting one in 1 Corinthians 11:1 when he writes “Imitate me, as I imitate Christ” or as the NIV says, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” In other aspects of life, it is perfectly acceptable to have a role model. We look up to athletes, movie stars,…

Reclaiming God’s Big Dream For The Church

Remember when you were a kid and you had all those great dreams for what you would do when you grew up?  President, astronaut, pilot… What happened to those dreams?  Did they come true?  Were they tempered?  Abandoned completely? Sadly, so many of our big dreams are lost as we grow up.  Reality strikes, the…

Dropouts Of The Way

But Jesus is the Way as well as the Truth. The way the gospel is conveyed is as much a part of the kingdom as the truth presented. Why are pastors experts on the truth and dropouts on the way? – The Contemplative Pastor by Eugene Peterson (p. 35) Seminaries are good at training scholars…