• Giant Graffiti Hand pointing to person walking by

    What Would Happen to the World if…

    People kept their promises. What would happen if men kept their promise when they told a woman they loved her, and vice versa? What would happen if we really meant it when we said those words at the ceremony–for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness

  • kids running into one another by artist seth globe painter

    If You Start Fast, You End Up Slow…

    And if you start slow, you end up fast. This isn’t always true, but it sometimes is. I’ve been encouraging some young adults in ministry this week. Numbers are strange things. They can encourage us when actually things aren’t going well, and they can discourage us when things really are

  • Wasted Love by artist Fikos

    You Are All Alone…

    In one of our groups, we are reading again the book of Lamentations–not the cheeriest of the books in the Bible. Some of the people in the group are currently homeless–others have had a rough time. Here are some of the verses that leaped out for me today: I am

  • Graffiti that says upside down

    Why Do You Keep Saying…

    …Things Are Upside Down? “These people who have turned the world upside down have come here also.” Acts 17:6 Jesus was sort of upside-down. The last will be first. We will find our life when we lose it. The one who humbles himself will be exalted. The ancient world even

  • Street Art sheep protected by man from wolves EVPCA1

    Stop To Start

    If there isn’t a God, we better fret and worry and expend all our energy figuring out what to do. But if there is a God, perhaps the most important thing we can do is to stop and listen. In the “Upside Down Training” we do at Graffiti, we sometimes

  • Artist JR - Women Are Heroes

    No Time To Stand And Stare

    My mother used to recite the lines of a poem when we needed to stop and enjoy. It went like this: “What is this world if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?” I can see my brother stretching out his legs and putting his hands

  • Graffiti of woman by artist Pyramid Oracle.

    No One Will Ever Complain

    “No one will ever complain if you stop your sermon five minutes early,” my wife used to tell me. I was at a meeting of pastors recently where a series of people were each given two minutes to talk. Each successive pastor took longer and longer and longer. I slowly

  • Graffiti of Chinese boy eating noodles

    Losing The Flavor

    You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Matthew 5: 13 NLT The elevator door opened and the smell of a Puerto Rican feast greeted me. She’s cooking again! I sighed, breathing in my sweet neighbor’s cooking. The scent of

  • Graffiti by artist MTO

    Finding Abundance

    We have been talking about abundance at church. Abundance can’t just mean outer circumstances. We all know about the misery of some wealthy people, suicides in mansions, overdoses by the outwardly beautiful. Some of the most abundant people I have ever known, always having something to give, have been people

  • Artwork by Banksy

    I Can Plod

    William Carey was a missionary who worked tirelessly as a linguist and established a strong foundation for many Bible translations and educational facilities in India. He is the one who had the motto, “Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God.” But my favorite quote from William Carey