Author Archives: Regi Campbell

Empathy for Jesus

Day in and day out, Christ-followers ask Jesus to have empathy for them. To ‘be with them’. We thank Jesus for His love and forgiveness. We rest knowing He “feels us”. . . that He understands . . . that He felt what we feel when He walked the earth as a human being. But...

Getting Off Track

How does it work that someone so close to God . . .  so “filled with the Spirit” . . . so fired up and full of love . . . ends up distraught, angry and alone – all in a matter of days? Puzzling isn’t it? Sarah Young, from April 6th Jesus Calling “When you...

Finding A Following

September is a great month to start a mentoring group. Vacations are done. People are getting back into the school routine. And you can be ready to mentor some ‘younger ones’ if you’ll start prepping now. Two things keep guys from mentoring. The first one is fear. “I’m afraid I’m not ready…I’m already so busy,...

Alligator Arms

My friend Rusty (an Auburn man) uses this metaphor all the time. When it feels like what you want to touch is just out of your reach. No matter how hard you think, how far you stretch or how strong your body, you can’t grab hold. Can’t do anything with it. Alligator arms. That’s how...

Why Would God Want to Talk to Me?

Imagine having a child, fathered by you or adopted . . . doesn’t matter. Now imagine raising that child without ever speaking to him. He comes to you all the time, asking for stuff, pouring out his needs. He worships the ground you walk on. He adores you. But you never speak back to him....

The Power of Self-Disclosure (Part II)

When we last left our story, a guy was pedaling toward his high school girlfriend’s house as hard as he could. Hurt by his wife, he’s about to mess up big time. He’s given himself permission to sin. He’s decided he’s almost entitled to it. Somewhere along the way, he stops for a minute. He’s...

The Power of Self-Permission (Part I)

So a guy goes to his high school reunion and they pass out a directory with every classmates’ address and phone number. There’s the address of Arlene, his high school sweetheart (she was the homecoming queen and drop-dead gorgeous). He doesn’t think much of it…files away the directory and goes about his business. A few...

The Questions Around “Calling”

When you don’t understand something, find someone smarter than you and ask them for help. I’ve heard the word “Calling” forever. Even read Os Guiness’ classic book The Call. But I still didn’t get it, at least not in a practical way. Enter Andy Stanley. I was blessed to hear him speak on the subject...

Voices

We hear voices in our heads all the time. We’re not crazy because we hear voices (at least not all of us). Most of the time we’re hearing ourselves; we’re giving ourselves instructions, thinking about what we have to do next, thinking about people we care about or mulling things over. But there are other...

It’s Jesus

Coming off the ‘mountain top’ of our first-ever mentoring retreat, I’m reminded that Jesus is it. Reading about the religious environment He walked into and the religious environment His followers have created over the last 2000 years, I’m back at square one. I’m back to Jesus. When he was a kid, my brother-in-law’s house caught...