My Beloved and My Friend

by Tierce Green
My Beloved and My Friend

It’s only one sentence and a short one at that. But it would be foolish to skip over this vital wisdom about a healthy marriage relationship that is embedded in the colorful and even steamy narrative of the Song of Solomon. In Song 5:16, the wife describes her husband as her beloved and her friend. […]

The Art of Blowing Smoke

by Tierce Green
The Art of Blowing Smoke

Intelligent guys are very good at it. So are religious guys. But intelligent, religious guys probably do it best. Blowing smoke—saying things in a way that conceals the truth. Like modern day Pharisees, they know enough of the Bible and have enough opinions about it to maintain a certain image, a smoke screen to hide […]

I Pity the Fool

by Tierce Green
I Pity the Fool

It was the catch phrase used by James “Clubber” Lang in Rocky III. Sylvester Stallone created the character as the primary antagonist of the film. Clubber Lang was played by Lawrence Tureaud, popularly known as Mr. T. I Pity the Fool became a short-lived American reality television series starring Mr. T, originally airing on TV […]

The Problem with “I’m Fine”

by Tierce Green

These two little words are like conversational Teflon. Nothing sticks. The tough questions are deflected, enabling you to continue down the same path without being bothered. You can hide a lot of unpleasant stuff behind “I’m fine” … the fears and frustrations in your career, the dysfunctions in your marriage and family, a crisis of […]

Who is My Neighbor?

by Tierce Green
Who is My Neighbor

The Parable of the Good Samaritan is a familiar story. Even to those who don’t follow Jesus, the idea of going out of our way to help others, missional living and social justice are things that many people will rally around and lock arms with others to make a measurable difference in the world. But […]

5 Things Every Child Needs from Their Father

by Tierce Green
5 Things Every Child Needs from Their Father

There are no fashion items or tech-toys on this list. That list is a moving target, constantly changing, being outdated and updated. This list is timeless and essential because it’s compiled by our Heavenly Father who wants to give good gifts to his children. Here it is: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the […]

5 Degrees of Communication

by Tierce Green
5 Degrees of Communication

Surface talk with surface friends punctuated by thumbs-up and smiley face emojis. Chitchat, which Merriam-Webster defines as “friendly conversation about things that are not very important.” How do we move beyond these ankle-deep acquaintances and develop real community with substantive conversations and more satisfying relationships in the deep end of true brotherhood? In the classic […]

The Anatomy of Character

by Tierce Green
The Anatomy of Character

Who are you really? What’s in your heart? The Greek word for heart is “kardia” which also means core. Character goes beyond what people see on the surface to our heart, all the way to our core. Andy Stanley, Senior Pastor of North Point Community Church, offers a solid definition of character that holds up against […]