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
In 1987, Wayne Watson had been an established Christian songwriter for almost a decade. But it was in 1987 that his album, “Water Color Ponies” was released and his career really began to skyrocket. In some ways it is, in my opinion, an over produced and orchestrated album, like a lot of music secular and … More Some Songs are So Honest They Hurt (as the Heal)
I know you have seen it, felt it, perhaps even participated in it. It’s in the newsfeeds of your FaceBook account. It’s in the conversations you have with people at work. It’s in every political discussion, every election discussion, every PC discussion you have or overhear in a restaurant or ballgame. It’s on the nightly … More Less Anger, More Action (LAMA)
My Redeemer Is Coming In the heartache of today, remember tomorrow. Jesus will keep his promise. He will keep all of them.
There are portions of Scripture that are almost never preached, read, meditated upon, or memorized. They are almost completely ignored. Eyes might roll over them in some year-long reading plan, but that’s it. Their truths are left packed away, unappreciated, and unrecognized, like pieces of luggage we carry around but never open. I suspect that … More What Glories are You Failing to See?