I just finished the short book by C.S. Lewis titled The Case for Christianity. It was a great journey, like a refreshing walk in the mountains on a brilliant Fall day. Unforgettable, beautiful and awe inspiring. Part of the process for me was to create an index for the book. You can access it at … More C.S. Lewis’s Evangelistic Appeal on BBC Radio During the War Against Hitler’s Evil.
Doing a second read on “THE CELTIC WAY OF EVANGELISM” (George Hunter, Abingdon Press, 2000) and this quote pushed its way to my consciousness. (The context is an analysis of the problems St. Patrick faced from his superiors one decade in to his 28 year mission to Ireland. Hunter then draws a parallel to the … More Has the Church Lost Its Way?
This week, I lost one of my longest mentors and friends when Paul Becker, 70, went home to be with Jesus after a long battle with cancer. Paul was the founder and President of Dynamic Church Planting International. We met around 1989 when I was an instructor at the International School of Theology in San … More Lost a Mentor This Week
When you get to Psalm 96 in your reading through the Psalms, you have arrived at a Psalm intoxicated with the worthiness of God. The Psalmist knows his God and because he knows God he wants others to know Him. His Psalm is his invitation to the nations, to the all creation, to everything in … More What Revel’s “Bolero” Has in Common with Psalm 96
People like to feel powerful. But there are times when it wise to know that you are powerless. And to act that way. You have heard the adage, “Your arm is too short to box with God.” Yeah. Don’t even try to get in that ring. “Human strength can never impress an omnipotent God, and … More Bad News for Unbelief
Sometimes we tell stories backward; Maybe most of the time. We announce the joy or sorrow and then we tell how it happened. “I got a new job!” and then we fill in the details. “My wife has been diagnosed with cancer,” and then we tell the story of how she hasn’t felt right for … More Writing the Story Backwards
I’m not a political junkie. But I did write a book on political leadership. It was a study through all the passages in the book of Proverbs that mentioned words like “king”, “governor”, “ruler” and words associated with ruling or judging. It was a close examination of what these leaders were commanded to do, what … More Doing Justice: The Job of Leaders
Worship had ended, fellowship had begun. All around the church, families and singles where catching up with one another, laughing, crying, celebrating, praying, asking for prayer, smiling at one another’s kids, caring for one another and being cared for themselves, and one young man turned to me and asked first a question about the Christian … More Other People’s Questions : #1
Three thoughts on a Sunday evening. I seem to have lost some focus on posting. I haven’t been posting new material frequently enough. I need more discipline. So, today, I decided to start a new “periodic and continuing” series of posts titled, “Other People’s Questions”. The impetus for the series is some of the smart … More Other People’s Questions
We are still traveling in West Virginia and I have little time to write, but here is a brief meditation and prayer based on a portion of Psalm 18. The Lord Praised for Giving Deliverance. Read Psalm 18 (esp. 1-3, and 25-29) An Offering for The Poetry Project Our Stronghold in the Darkness O LORD, my … More Psalm 18 Light Piercing Darkness