Missional Moments This is what I have been driving at in my church planting classes, in my preaching, in my blogging (see all of the Intensely Local posts for instance), in all of the seminars and conferences I have done over the last decade. WE NEED TO LISTEN TO OUR COMMUNITIES. Michael Frost says it … More Michael Frost and The Skill Most Church Planters (and Churches) Neglect
Sunday Afternoon Musings John 4:16-30 Jesus and the Woman of Samaria Three things Jesus is looking for based on his interaction with the Samaritan woman: A worshiper devoted to truth. A worshiper devoted to reality over hypocrisy or form. A worshiper devoted to pleasing God. 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive … More What is a Quality Disciple? or What is a Worshiper?
Remember these words brothers. A Bible, a pen, and a note pad make a man powerful for the duties and challenges of our task. Even if the pen and the note pad are replaced by a screen and a keyboard, there is no substitute for … for more see: What is the Symbol of Your Ministry? … More What is the Symbol of Your Ministry? A Bible or a Cell Phone?
Weekend Links A busy week with fewer links as a result. Have a great memorial day weekend. Don’t let anything spoil it.Drive safely. Pray hard. Live in joy. Engaging with Culture Would Jesus Approve of Same Sex Marriage? (Jerry Newcombe) African American Pastors Urge President Obama to Reconsider Same Sex Marriage Black Pastors in an … More Same Sex Marriage Collection; Civil Rights; FaceBook the Marriage Destroyer; African American Pastors
Thursday is for Discipleship “I do not know when I am more perfectly happy than when I am weeping for sin at the foot of the cross.” —C. H. Spurgeon The quote is from a message number 3272 in the collected sermons of Spurgeon and is titled, “How to Become Full of Joy.” The message … More How Sorrow’s Tears Produce Joy
The early disciples knew, that salvation was free but there was still a cost involved with following Christ. But that doesn’t seem very popular in a culture of plenty and the vigorous pursuit of happiness. For more see: Dying for Jesus isn’t Very Popular These Days: Neither is Living for Him.
Wednesday is for Prayer A perennial issue for all believers is dealing with temptation. We want our lives to reflect the holiness that Christ both purchased for us and desires in us but we all stumble in many ways. Here’s a quick three minute video that offers help and direction for how to deal with … More Killing Sin for Our Joy
Tuesday is for Preaching I was alerted to this article by Ed Stetzer in his Monday Morning Round Up. It was stunning to read that: the Obama Administration was admitting that a pregnant woman bears a baby not a collection of cells. the Obama Administration didn’t see the inconsistency of this admission and their continued … More The Insanity of Our Present Government
Monday is for Discussion Terry Ivy, a friend with a fantastic ministry training church planters via the internet in India, wrote a great post titled What Kind of Leaders are We Creating? Recently, I have had some opportunity to reflect on both his post and my response to it through some men that I’m mentoring. … More Eight Ways to Develop Young Leaders
Sunday Musings I am convinced that when the historical backdrop is truly understood, most narrative texts require very little interpretation. When the historical situation is understood, when the people of God’s situation is unpacked, most narrative meaning almost “falls out” with very little effort on the part of the preacher simply by reading the text … More Praying Powerful Prayers