Today, I received a letter from Steve Douglass, the President of CRU. It struck me as extremely wise and practical. He was writing to all staff and alumni of the ministry and trying to encourage ministry leaders. You will find it below without any changes. [Message from Steve Douglass] I love you and am praying … More Wisdom from CRU on Ministry in a Covid-19 World
Matthew 21:12-13 12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.” Jesus was upset. … More If a Church Will Not Pray
Monday Discussion I don’t know if the question was real, if it was directed specifically at me, or a set up by another Christian who wanted to know how to counsel someone else. I just know that it is a good question. It came to me as a question on Quora.com. How did you get … More “My relationship with God is cold.”
Monday Musings A number of years ago I wrote an article titled “To My Liberal and Conservative Friends” (December 15, 2014). It was an open letter to both categories of friends for tolerance and fair-mindedness. It was also a personal decalaration and commitment, backed with a promise, that I would not “unfriend” any of them … More 10 Things that Don’t Happen When We Cut People Out of Our Lives because We Disagree with Them
Part One of a two part series: Practice the Ministry of Presence. There is no influence without contact. My general rule is that if a neighbor invites me to anything, whatever was on my schedule is going to be replaced. My neighbors know I am a Christian. So when they are willing to take the … More 7 Ideas for Summer Outreach in Your Neighborhood
God Hates Sin. And he has good reason to hate sin. It breaks his moral law. It deprives human beings of their full flourishing. It brings pain and heart-ache to others. It creates destruction and violence in the world. It destroys the beauty of his creation. And the list goes on . . . God’s … More God Hates.
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?
It is one of my favorite Christmas hymns. A carol of joy, Hark the Herrald Angels Sing, was not always in the form or sound that we enjoy it today. The youtube version below has a driving bass beat and an additional chorus inserted. It comes from Paul Baloche’s Christmas album and it captures well … More Christmas, Let’s Sing!
“Melancholy” The artist’s name is Albert Gyorgy. He is Romanian, lives in Switzerland and is semi-reclusive, or at least, it is very difficult to get much information on him. For me, his sculptures from his 2013-14 period are some of the most emotionally evocative experiences I have ever had with a work of art. Two … More Sorrow and Loss
Reading with the Pastor Joshua 3, Revelation 9 and Psalm 95 Observations in Joshua God affirms Joshua’s leadership at the Jordan in the same way He affirmed Moses leadership at the the Red Sea (vss. 7-9). Whatever “natural means” God may have used to part the waters of the Jordan, there is still the supernatural … More Indifference to the Bible is Empty-Headed