A Day Off Musing I posted a version of this on my FaceBook™ page and thought I would bring it over here for good measure. Part of my motivation is fueled by frustration. Some of my conservative friends think that conservatism is always right. They don’t listen to anyone who isn’t “conservative.” Some of my … More To My Liberal and Conservative Friends
Can you name five barriers to being close enough, long enough for effective modeling to occur? Read the post before the question: Is This the Apostle Paul’s Discipleship Process?.
Sunday Musings On Friday night, I had the privilege of sitting with one of my neighbors at the showing of The Nativity Story at Trinity Church. It is a very good movie, remarkable for Hollywood. It treats the birth of Christ with respect and gritty honesty. It does use some literary license in mostly innocuous … More Christmas Myths and Misconceptions
Sitting here watching the second half of the Army-Navy game and saw someone comment on this post from 2013. In honor of the game and my Navy veteran Dad, here’s a lesson on church growth from a naval episode in World War II. Misinformation is Deadly to Your Church.
Saturday Musings God’s ways are not ours. He delights in surprises. He seems to relish the unexpected. Christmas is filled with surprises, but perhaps the biggest one of all is the incarnation, God has taken on flesh. He has told us why and for almost 2000 years the world has fought against His plan. But … More Christmas Always Includes Good Friday and Easter
Friday is for Heart Songs How much are we, “we” meaning “Christians,” influenced by the culture around us? How much do we absorb from what is going on in the culture? How much do we color our decisions, our choices, our thoughts even, in the thought stuff and flavors of the culture around us? Because … More Learning from the Bumps on Other Heads
Wednesday is for Prayer My friend Miguel Labrador, missionary in the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest put a link up on Facebook a couple of days ago that included this magnificent quote from Charles Spurgeon. Faith and periodic doubt, sometimes deep soul-devouring doubt are not mutually exclusive, especially when we contrast our need for the gospel and … More For Those Whose Faith Sometimes Falters
Part of the worship service this Sunday. In the madness that is our world at the moment, it is good to draw away and reflect on the greatness of Christmas and “good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people.” All people. Black, yellow, white and brown–all people–equally, before the King … More Celebrating Advent
Monday is for Discussion Another offering for the poetry project. We live in a post-resurrection world. We live in a world that has been radically changed by “the news of a great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10) and a Savior who rose from the dead (Luke 24:7). We live in … More A Psalm of David Reheard
Sunday Afternoon Musings Five responses to “news of a great joy.” Summary to today’s message. We should obey. (Lk. 2:15-16) –the shepherds obeyed and went to find the Savior. Wise men still seek the Savior. We should make the news known. (Lk. 2:17-18) –the shepherds made the news known to the whole region. The early … More Five Responses to “News of a Great Joy”