Tuesday is for Preaching (but not this week) I am away at a conference, The Bethlehem Conference for Pastors with the entire staff of Trinity Church of Watseka, IL so my time to write and even think beyond the conference themes is very limited. I would like to pick up on the theme of yesterday’s … More Tuesday Musings from the Bethlehem Conference for Pastors
Monday Discussion Conviction of sin is not transformation. Normally, it is only its initial conception. Oh how our flesh rebels at this reality. We wish that all the work was done when we feel the crushing weight of conviction over some cosmic crime against the will and word of God, but this is only the … More Conviction of sin is not transformation. Normally, it is only its initial conception.
Sunday Musings Just finished up a wonderful conference with the incredible folks at Trinity Church and its two campuses in Watseka and Ashkum, IL. What a great time and what a great idea. This was their second year of doing a conference they call The One Conference. Taking their cue from Ephesians 4:4-6, the ministry … More Celebrating the Oneness and Wonder of the Body of Christ.
All my sin, all my failures, as a son, a brother, a friend, a husband, a father, a pastor, a teacher, a coach, a mentor, a counselor, all the ways that I have failed to be what I urged others to be …. For more see: The Greatness of Forgiveness.
Weekend Links Don’t miss the link comparing Time magazine covers for the USA market and Time covers for the European and Asian markets. It is sad, shocking and depressing to see how shallow the marketing people at Time think the America people are. Maybe more sad is that they may be right. As always, your … More Letting People Go with Dignity; Public Rebuke Warranted? Atheism’s Irrational Nature; and much more
Friday is for Heart Songs The following is from Kairos Journal and excerpts a sermon by Ligon Duncan. Longer than my usual post and written by Ligon, not me. This is a great excerpt. Plus he references Gandalf and uses one of my all time heroes (C.T. Studd, missionary) as an illustration. Enjoy. The Kingdom … More The One Who Denies Himself Gains Everything
How Did Jesus Make Disciples? I think we can see the outlines of the process in the pages of the gospels. The term I use to describe that process is “intentional withness.” There was a “with me” quality to Jesus’ interaction and training of the disciples. Jesus choose them, then spent no more than 3-4 years … More What If We Did Spiritual Formation Like Jesus?
When I think of the nature and mission of the Church I think of the position of a herald. The Church is a community of the evangelized sent to evangelize. They have been shaped by the good news and they shape the world by telling and living out the good news. Her primary stance then, … More The Nature and Mission of the Church
Wednesday is for Prayer I have been doing some research on “the man of peace” (lit. son of peace) in Luke 10:6. Probably have 50 pages so far of journal articles, commentary and exegetical notes on the phrase and how some missiologists interpret the phrase. But this post isn’t about that. It’s about a side … More Praying for What We are Unwilling to Do
The word discipleship doesn’t exist in Scripture. The word evangelism is a more complicated discussion that I don’t want or need to get into now. For years, the church has used both words to explain different aspects of the one task of Making Disciples. Sometimes dissection of processes is revelatory–for example, when a body is … More Two Words for One Biblical Term: How dissection obscures understanding.