Friday is for Heart Songs Some time ago, I had the idea of working on a book proposal for my publisher on a book that would explore “INTENSELY LOCAL” ministry. Later, I worked on some new material for what we are calling “Go Training” at the church. For that reason, I was happy to go … More Pressing the Flesh in the Neighborhood
For the next 15 days I am overwhelmed with responsibilities that are going to keep me from paying much attention to the blog. So what I have prepared to do is reprise some of the most popular posts from the first year of the Chosenrebel BLOG. There will also be at least one quest blogger … More The Plan for the New Year
Friday is for Heart Songs Last day of the year. A day to look back, a day to assess, to evaluate, to measure and count. a day to remember what God has done and rejoice in all the mercy received, on all the sins forgiven. A day to go and visit Ann Voskamp’s wonderful words. … More He is Waiting for You to Put Your Hand in His
Thursday is for Discipleship Many have lists of legalistic rules that must be kept to be considered Christians. “Don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t watch movies and the like—-ridiculous, idiotic, Christ-insulating barriers to proclaiming the good news of Jesus—-add-ons to the real call to discipleship and intimacy and value that Jesus said we must have. But … More “You won’t believe the freedom you find from the things you leave behind”
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Wednesday is for Prayer Listen to the Voice of God. (Joshua 1:1-9) As you listen to his voice, God will give you direction (2-4). He will remind you of his promises (5). He will tell you of great truths (5-9). “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this … More Will Affliction Drive You to Prayer or Despair?
Tuesday is for Preaching Years ago, when I taught preaching at a seminary in California, I loved to quote Alexander Whyte (1836-1921) on the preaching of Nathan the prophet. Here Whyte comments on Nathan’s message to David after David has committed adultery with Bathsheba. “Preaching is magnificent work if only we could get preachers like … More Preaching is Meddlesome Business.
Monday Discussion The year draws to a close. A new year approaches, peaking over the horizon this coming Friday. Who will hear the gospel from you this next year? How will they hear it? How will they see it? How will they experience it? There are some that God will place in your path this … More Some Good Questions for the New Year
Sunday Musings Protestants don’t venerate or pray to Mary. But sometimes, they dismiss Mary’s example and fail to see in her a great woman of faith. Christmas time is a good time to reevaluate our whole approach to the mother of Christ. Perhaps this brief article will help move us all in the right direction. … More Why the Mother of Jesus is a Model for All of Us
The challenge of Christmas is always to see a child, a lamb, and a lion in the manger. May all your joy this Christmas rest in the God made flesh, the flesh made a sacrifice, and the sacrifice, resurrected and returning as King. Merry Christmas