Friday Musings “And Jesus came up and spoke to them saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded … More The Devolution of Disciple-Making
Saw this video on Facebook and it gave me new insight and incentive to meet more of my neighbors. Let’s be aware of the loneliness of the people around us.
Remember Zacharias? He who would sire a son in his old age with his past child-bearing-years wife. He who, with his wife, Elizabeth, had prayed for a son (Luke 1:13) but had given up on ever hearing an answer. But the year came when the aged and sonless priest from the division of Abijah, in … More When Old Men’s Dreams Come True
Part 3 Third in a series of posts on multi-ethnic ministry and its contribution to ending racism. Each day this week. I am excerpting portions of an essay I wrote in 2009 for the John Fuder and Noel Castellanos book A HEART FOR THE COMMUNITY (Moody Press, 2009). Dr. Fuder had been approached by Moody … More Ending Racism: Rethinking the Suburban Church
If you have been reading with the rest of the church since May, you have now read Matthew, Mark, Luke, James, 1 and 2 Peter and 107 psalms. Congratulations. And I hope it has been a big step forward for many of you as you have learned to carve out the time to read the … More “Reading is Just the Beginning”
Friday is for Discipleship Random thoughts on Psalm 119 Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” Does this word not imply that my eyes are closed and blind to the beauty and wonder of His word? What can closed eyes see? NOTHING! They can distinguish nothing, not even … More When You KNOW You Don’t Measure Up
Reading with the Pastor James 3 and Psalm 56-57 As a teacher, it is hard for me to get past verse 1 of chapter 3 in the letter of James. “Let not many of you become teachers, my brothers, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.” There is a weight that any teacher … More How is it Possible to Write Without Pain?
Reading with the Pastor Mark 9 and Psalm 45 Today’s reading comes back to a continuing theme in Jesus’ discipleship of the twelve (and of us). This wasn’t the only time that the disciples were caught arguing over which of them had more honor and prestige in the eyes of Jesus. Even on the night before he … More Striving for Power and Prestige
Now this is going to blow your mind, so you better sit down! The first year of the Aztec Empire is considered to be 1428 and it ruled the Valley of Mexico until 1521. Well, Oxford University was actually founded in 1096! That means it’s hundreds of years older than the Aztecs? It’s hard to … More Fun Fact for the Weekend
The following is an account of Gospel victory among a distinct but small people group in the Philippines. Why is this important? Well, it is important for at least 5 reasons: Scripture says that heaven will be composed of peoples from every tribe and tongue (Rev. 14:6). All peoples are significant and need the gospel … More From the Cutting Edge of Church Planting