The four biggest secrets to a great marriage (part 1)

I just started preaching a marriage series at our church.  This series is basically the result of more than a decade of counseling others in their marriages, preparing new couples to be married, and from my own Marraige.  These are (in my opinion) the most important keys to a successful, lifelong marriage. #1- Understand the…

The investment is paying off!

Over the past few years, I’ve tried to take my (almost) teenager to breakfast (almost) every week.  Most of the time, I am not sure it is making any difference.  I try to have one key quality that I hope to instill in him and talk about that over breakfast.  Lately we’ve been talking about…

The Art of Spiritual Conversations

As we prepare to move into our new space next week, I am excited at the idea of my new office.  It has been years since I have had an office to call my own.  I haven’t had a functional bookshelf to house my many books in almost 10 years.  I’m even trying to decide…

I’m going back to Peru (and you can too!)

 I am headed back to Peru this Summer!  Since 2012, we have started 21 churches in Peru and seen over 1475 people enter into a relationship with Jesus!   If you’d like to support me, you can do so here! Here is a recap of some of our work in Puno:                …

You are probably getting your religion wrong.

We have long known the damage that can be done from traumatic events in our childhood.  So much of our perspective on life is determined at the start.  The same goes for our faith.   We all have a starting point when it comes to our faith and most of us began forming our thoughts…

Pics from the Zoo

 We have a Dallas Zoo season pass this year.  The best thing about these pictures is that it makes it appear that all of our kids are getting along with each other!                      

CPC is Moving!

One thing I love about our church is that we get things done!  We recently began renovating a larger space in our center for our church.  I love to see the church build a church by physically building our church.  It takes everyone to see God move in our church like this!  We were able…

The Life Changing Device (Disney’s Circle)

A few weeks ago, this happened:  Man Dies Looking at Phone.  This, of course, makes us all shake our heads at how irresponsible and addicted some people are with their phones (not us of course).  I saw this story, shook my head, and moved on with my life.   Until I bought this device.  Disney’s…

How to rid your life of drama.

Proverbs 23:7 says, “as a man thinks (or calculates) in his heart, so he is.” This past week was a big day in the Halpin house because my oldest son was fitted with braces for his teeth.  Clayton is an impressive kid who succeeds at many things.  He is a great kid, who also has…

We are all hypocrites, or at least forgetful…

I read an article in the Economist that showed religious people are much more likely to be compassionate if they will simply ask one question:  “What would my god want me to do?”  It doesn’t matter the faith, that single question seemed to change many people’s response to how they would treat other people- specifically…

About the Critics

So many of us are controlled by critics, even if it is simply the possibility of being torn down by them. Here is a quick thought from Alexander Pope from his essay on criticism.  It is among my favorite poems. The Bookful Blockhead, ignorantly read, With Loads of Learned Lumber in his Head, With his…

Even Pastors Doubt (part 3 of 3)

Though there are 4 primary categories that lead me to doubt, there are hundreds of things that lead me to trust in God.  Here are four of them: A.  Order–  Everywhere I look I see order in the universe.  You may not be accustomed to seeing it, but it is there.  Why do the laws…

Even Pastors Doubt (part 2 of 3)

As I deal with my doubts, I’ve noticed several things.  Primarily, I’ve noticed that my doubts have nothing to do with the theological answers that I would have given others.  I doubt even when I have an explanation that is complete and rational.  This doesn’t trouble me at all. Here are four things that cause me…

Even Pastors Doubt (Part 1 of 3)

Doubt is a powerful enemy.  Even as a pastor who has a strong belief in God, I doubt.  I fully believe that God is intervening in His creation, yet there are times I doubt.  Perhaps it will be comforting for someone to know that even pastors have doubts and questions.   The longer I live,…

A Crazy Idea for a New Year Goal

I love the New Year and I love setting and pursuing goals.  Even my daily planner is focused on achieving long term goals. What if your goal became my goal?  As I spent this week considering my goals for 2016, a crazy thought came to me:  What if one of my major goals this year…

Starting new churches in Peru.

Our mission in Peru last month was to start 6 churches and encourage and train them so that we can return next year and partner with them to start at least 6 more.  The trip was challenging, but extremely successful.  Our group partnered with pastors to help  them start churches.  Here are the teams that…