Reading with the Pastor Psalm 41, Mark 13, and Job 10 Job, the man of God, minus his family, minus his wealth, minus his health, minus the friends he thought he had is in the throes of depression. “I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of … More “I Loathe My Life.”
Saturday Afternoon Musings Call me a fool. I will embrace it as a badge. I only hope it is true. Lyrics to God’s Own Fool Seems I’ve imagined Him all of my life As the wisest of all of mankind But if God’s Holy wisdom is foolish to men He must have seemed out of … More Call Me a Fool
An Excerpt from Bonhoeffer “Let not the sun go down upon your wrath” (Eph. 4:26). It is a decisive rule of every Christian fellowship that every dissension that day has brought must be healed in the evening. It is perilous for the Christian to lie down to sleep with an unreconciled heart. Bonhoeffer, Life Together, 74. … More How Community is Protected
The church at Corinth was a basket case–maybe one of the worst churches in the Apostle Paul’s experience. They were selfish. They were snobbish. They were segregated. They were sexually perverted. They were theologically undisciplined. They were unloving. They were divisive and argumentative. With that knowledge of the church, Paul talks about what the Lord’s … More Even the Worst: Preparing for the Lord’s Supper
Part 4 in a continuing series. Links to previous posts include: Introduction: “Fighting Racism with the Gospel” Part 1: “Ending Racism with Counter-cultural Gospel Ministry“ Part 2: “Ending Racism with Counter-Cultural Gospel Ministry: Part 2“ Part 3: “Ending Racism: Rethinking the Suburban Church: Part 3“ Six Core Values for Multi-Ethnic Ministry What were the foundational pillars upon … More Killing Racism: With Counter-cultural Gospel Ministry
Part 2 An excerpt from, an essay I wrote in 2009 for the John Fuder and Noel Castellanos book, A HEART FOR THE COMMUNITY: NEW MODELS FOR URBAN AND SUBURBAN MINISTRY. Discussion and critique invited. See yesterday’s post for part 1. My Journey I grew up as a teenager in the idealistic and embryonic dawning of … More Ending Racism with Counter-culture Gospel Ministry: Part 2
In 1994, I had the privilege of getting my first book contract with Broadman & Holman. It was for a short devotional based in the book of Proverbs. The theme of the book was hope for those who were in a difficult job search. The book proposal I wrote was originally rejected and then … More Men, Do You Have the Will to Pay the Price to Win?
This: “. . . in Hebrews 11 we find the saints of the Old Testament commended again and again because their obedience was motivated by faith. ‘By faith’ Abraham ‘obeyed’ (11:8); ‘by faith’ Noah ‘prepared an ark’ (11:7); ‘by faith’ Moses ‘left Egypt’ (11:27); ‘by faith’ others ‘performed; acts of rightousness’ (11:33). But we find … More Gratitude is Great but . . .
Today in my devotions I was reading Psalm 16. I don’t know why. It was a mistake. I should have been reading Acts 16 and Psalm 21 as a part of Reading with the Pastor. But somehow I went to Psalm 16 first. I’m glad I did. The second verse reminded me of the greatness … More Your Majestic Neighbors
Jesus, A.D. 32 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.” (Matthew 5:13) Salt restrains the process of corruption. “In the days before refrigeration, sailors who took meat on long voyages used salt as a … More Salt Restrains the Process of Corruption