“If our churches don’t pray, and if people don’t have an appetite for God, what does it matter how many are attending the services? How would that impress God? Can you imagine the angels saying, ‘Oh, your pews! We can’t believe how beautiful they are! Up here in heaven, we’ve been talking about them for … More Sunday Afternoon Musings
This story goes back about 20 years. “Who is ‘untouchable’ in your ministry—who wouldn’t you give away?” I was speaking at a conference for church planters. Our church had planted 7 churches in its first nine years and the conferees were eager to find out how. The question came … More Who is Untouchable in Your Ministry?
Reading with the Pastor James 1 and Psalm 52-53 Most scholars think that the letter of James and the letter to the Galatians are among the earliest letters of the New Testament. My vote is for James. Either way, when we read these 5 short chapters we are looking at the early church in its infancy. … More The Silent Beauty of Reading
Reading with the Pastor Matthew 20 and Psalm 24 I was once asked why I read the psalms so much. [Side Note: My Bibles are all marked up into different divisions so I can read through the entire book of Psalms in a month or the 119th chapter in either a month or a week. It … More How We Learn to Pray
In 40 years of ministry, I had never spoken on psalm 103. Glad to have finally had the opportunity. Here’s the audio link to yesterday’s message in South Carolina. Loved our time with the family of God at Manchester Creek. The text is Psalm 103. David commands his soul to bless the Lord. That’s what … More What Does It Mean to Bless the Lord?
Monday Discussion All my life as a Christian, God has been calling me to a deeper dependence upon Him. When I am completely honest, I have to admit that I have not responded well or consistently. At the University of Maryland, I began to see the difference that radical, extraordinary prayer could make. One year … More “I think it’s the chicken!”
Read Psalm 39 Sitting in a coffee shop, (The Copper Pot) and thinking on the brevity of life. The older I get, (about to celebrate another decade’s end), the truer these words feel. They, the words of this text, have always been true of course. But their impact on my spirit grows deeper as I … More Coffee Pot Ponderings on Time and Worship
Wednesday is for Prayer There are times when only a Christmas hymn will suffice for clarity and beauty of doctrine proclaimed with joy. Here’s a classic example. There are multiple verses and whole chapters that could be summoned for every line of this hymn. Remember and remind your soul to bask in the wonder of … More Incarnation: God Infleshed — It Doesn’t Get Any More Profound
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
“But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated … For more see: Our Suffering is Not Wasted.