Author Archives: Regi Campbell

Developing a Family Constitution

The U.S. Constitution stands as one of the most brilliant pieces ever written. It dances gracefully on the edge between law and grace. Freedom and responsibility. It’s the ultimate arbiter of disputes in our local, regional and national political systems. It’s a beautiful thing. Several years ago, I stumbled across the idea of developing a...

The Cost of Community

I’ve been going on and on about the value of community. About being vulnerable with trusted friends. About developing intimate friendships and ‘doing life’ with other guys.  About how rich it can be when a guy intentionally invests in friendships with other committed Jesus-followers. But I’ve never thought much about the cost of that community...

Why Holiness Matters

There’s not much talk about holiness these days. We make everything relative. Movies get rated “G”, “PG”, “PG 13”, “R”, “NR” and “X”, but none of this even touches on holiness. There aren’t degrees of holy. It’s yes or no. Black and white. Holy or unholy. Here’s why it’s important… 1. God is totally, completely,...

God and Cars

Every time I go to church or listen to a preacher offer the plan of salvation, I think “Does everyone get the bigger picture here? Why do we even need a savior from our sins?” Without meaning to, we can assume people know things they don’t. Things not understood by “unchurched” people. Since I love...

Telling on Yourself (Part II)

In my last post, I talked about confession – the idea of ‘telling on yourself’. Almost everyone agrees that coming out with your screw-ups is huge and healthy. The Catholic church would have us anonymously confess our sins to God through a priest. Some Protestant churches have weekly confession where you confess out loud in...

Telling on Yourself

“Tattletale, tattletale – hang your britches on a nail,” we chanted at whoever ran and told on us. No one liked being ‘ratted out’ – like for throwing rocks or stealing M&Ms. It took guts to ‘go to the authorities’ (usually Mama) because the backlash from the rest of us would be painful. We were...

Red Man in a Blue World

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: 1 Peter 2:9 KJV Christians are ‘a peculiar people’. We’re whacky to most of the world we live in, walking...

The Striking Hour

When you hear profound stuff, you want to share it with others. I often quote my friend John Richie in these posts, but when he shared his decision-making paradigm with me, I said “This is too good. Did you really come up with this?” He confessed he did. So I asked him to share it...

Holy Ground

What do Acts 7:33, Exodus 3:5 and Joshua 5:15 have in common? In each, the Lord says … “Take off your shoes. The place where you’re standing is holy ground!” Taking off your shoes is important for three reasons. 1. Stopping what you’re doing – Being inconvenienced is necessary. You have to sit down to...

Half a Year – Gone!

Check your calendar. The 4th of July is tomorrow. That means June 30th has come and gone. Half of 2014 is over. Just like that. About this time last year, Belle Beth Cooper¹ wrote an interesting article on Buffer about time perception. I was fascinated because people my age constantly yak about how fast “life’s...