Wednesday is for Prayer Letter from a missionary out of the jungles of New Guinea. “Man it is great to be in the thick of the battle, to draw the old devil’s heaviest guns, to have him at you with depressions, and discouragements, slander and disease. He doesn’t waste time on lukewarm Christians on the … More Praying Worthy Prayers
Tuesday is for Preaching [Revised from 2011] I have been running into a surprising number of layman recently whose cry is depressingly similar. In Chicago, here in the suburbs, in Indiana, in Michigan, downstate in Illinois and now, in South Carolina and I keep hearing the same thing. “My pastor isn’t teaching the Bible.” “My … More Preacher, Work Harder.
Monday Discussion There is a passion among 20-somethings that needs to be harnessed for the gospel. And among a growing number, it is happening. May God raise up thousands of “propane poets” in every field of endeavour, every branch of art, in every corner of every little hamlet and every major city, that the glory … More A New Generation’s Voice and Passion for Christ
Weekend Musings (updated 5/2/2011) I have followed the Rob Bell / Hell / Universalism debate with sadness. Rob Bell is one of the most gifted communicators in the country. He is a creative, passionate, thoughtful, technologically savvy and a deep lover of people. Some of his nouma video’s are outstanding. And yet, there has always … More Rob Bell is Brilliant and Wrong
Weekend Musings on the Eve of Passion Week or Any other Week Adapted from the accounts of Mt 27:35-44; Mk 15:24-25; Lk 23:34-38; Jn 19:23-25 Crucified between two thieves. And when they had crucified Him, they divided His garments into four parts among themselves by casting lots. Then they sat down and kept watch over … More Two Thieves and All the Sin of the World
Friday is for Heart Songs (part 2) The Gospel Coalition Conference held at the McCormick Center in Chicago this past week was centered on the theme of “Preaching Jesus and the Gospel from the Old Testament.” Some four thousand pastors and almost 1000 of their wives, joined together to worship and explore the wonder of … More Update from the Gospel Coalition Conference
Friday is for Heart Songs Exhausted from three days of non-stop conference speakers, seminars, conversations, prayer and reflection but filled with joy over a renewed vision of the greatness of the gospel and the beauty of Kingdom of God. Tim Keller’s message this evening titled, “Generous Justice” was a fitting capstone for the week. I’ll … More Tired Joy in the Gospel
Monday Discussion “If any one does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.” 2 Thessalonians 3:14 Questions: What does it mean to “take note of” a disciple’s lifestyle and conformity to truth? What does it mean to … More Shame-Based Discipleship?
Wednesday is for Prayer The Gospel Coalition Conference is a great encouragement and next week I will tell some of the stories related to it. Last night I had a brief conversation with Matt Chandler about theology, post-modernism, the gospel and current controversies. It reminded me again for the need for prayer for gospel leaders … More Our Christian and Global Responsibility: Pray for Leaders
Tuesday is for Preaching Advice for Young Preachers Just out of Seminary / Bible College or in your first full time preaching assignment: Circular file all conference/seminar invitations for the next two to three years. Concentrate on loving people, studying the Word of God, and praying for your people and neighborhood. Practice the 5-5-5 plan* … More Advice for Young Preachers