Continued from Yesterday “What is a Christian: How Should He View himself and His Mission? (part 4) Today: The effect of a sojourners lifestyle on settlers This disquiets the settler. He or she believes in Christ but still looks for fulfillment and joy in things, and experiences, and accomplishments, rather than in Christ himself—in the … More The Difference a Sojourner’s Lifestyle Makes to Settlers
Listening to the word of God read. Reading it out loud yourself. Finding the rhythm of a story is sometimes more a matter of hearing than it is analyzing. The Bible was written to be heard. Jesus’ teaching has an oral/auditory dynamic that simply, … well …, must be heard. I heard things in the … More When Do Preachers Listen to the Word of God?
Continued from Yesterday “What is a Christian: How Should He View Himself and His Mission? (part 3) To be a sojourner, to be a fisher of men, is to understand the cross-shapedness of our calling. We must train our people to be driven by a vision of the cross. Believers in Christ who know, who … More When a Christian understands the cross-shapedness of his calling, what happens?
Continued from Monday (What is a Christian? How should he view himself and his mission? Part 1) “What is a Christian: How Should He View himself and His Mission? (Part 2) A settler, like a sojourner, is a person who is on a journey. My image, as a white-middle class 49 years old,* who grew … More The Difference Between a Sojourner and a Settler
Monday Discussion How do you think about yourself and your life as a Christian? Who are you in Christ? What is a biblical way of thinking about the answer to those questions that can transform your spiritual life? What is the self identity of the Christian? How is the believer to view himself in his … More What is a Christian? How Should He View Himself and His Mission?
Tuesday Musings: Brokenness vs Usefulness We called him “Wild Bill.” Closer to sixty than forty, Dr. Bill Iverson was not your typical seminary professor. A gifted evangelist and an original thinker, Bill was always challenging either what you thought or what you did as a Christian. Bill impacted my life in many ways but the story … More Spirit of the Living God, Break Me in Pieces
Weekend Musings One of the guys that makes me tick. We need more lions for truth, people, the gospel and Jesus like my old friend Bill Iverson. The link below is to an article about one of my spiritual mentors, Dr. Bill Iverson, who, at the age of 83 is still planting churches. Bill is … More One of My Mentors, Still Planting Churches at 83
Weekend Musings “Could it be that in these two acts, repentance and baptism, we have the hub or locus of a Christian conversion? Could it be that this is the twofold pivot on which the whole experience hangs, and by which the experience becomes a true and good beginning to the Christian life and ultimately … More Rethinking Conversion and How We Start Discipleship
Weekend Links This weeks links are fewer. (I have too many deadlines to accomplish much outside reading.) Enjoy your Thanksgiving weekend. I hope your team wins, your family’s love, your neighbors know your compassion, and your heart is centered in the King who is coming again to judge the living and the dead. As always, … More Liberals, Conservatives, Greens, Ann Coulter, Walter Williams, Ricky Gervais, and Theology
Friday is for Heart Songs This week I will be preaching my final message at the Chinese Christian Union Church in Chinatown. It has been a three week series on what the repentance of a man of God really looks like. This week the message is from Psalm 51. On Wednesday I posted a brief … More Let it Die an Obscure and Un-influential Death