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
Here is a MUST READ article for all church planting leaders from the folks at Gravity Leadership. It is a guest post by David Fitch on the changing face of church planting in the United States but it really applies to all of North America. I don’t always find Dr. Fitch convincing, particularly with his … More “Why We Should Stop Funding Church Plants”
I’m reading a novel that was first published 71 years ago. I don’t know how it got to my shelf. I never heard of it before. It has a terrible cover. The author is unknown to me. But the 1985 copy that I have has a note on the cover that says that when it was … More Schizophrenic Pastors
Imagine your community devastated by floods and a massive rock slide. Before the floods arrived it was already under stress from gang activity threatening the lives of everyone in the region. Imagine over 300 people killed, a similar number injured and more than 100 people still unaccounted for. Now let’s count up the destruction and … More How the Church Changes the World
Atheism and the Problem of Evil—C. S. Lewis (1898 – 1963) [ An offering from Kairos Journal ] Many people are atheists because they believe that evil and suffering in the world proves that God does not exist. Looking back on his own intellectual and spiritual journey from atheism to Christian belief, however, C. S. … More Atheism’s Inability to Explain Evil
I’m sitting at home listening to an old Bob Bennett record. (Yes, Record! on a turntable). Bennett had/has a silky smooth voice and way with words coupled with a sentimental heart and gift for telling stories that are deeper than anyone expected when he stepped onto a stage with a guitar and a small band. … More Thoughts and a Song Before Father’s Day
First Picture Judas betrays Christ for 30 pieces of silver and then when he sees that Jesus is condemned to death returns to the chief priests and elders of Israel and says “I have betrayed innocent blood.” They, however, show no remorse or retreat from their decision to kill Jesus whereupon, Judas takes the money and … More Warped Righteousness