Mark 3:13-15 13 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons. Withness: What is it? Withness … More “Withness”: What is it, why do we need it, how do we get it?
“Let us fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices are the real murderers. The great dangers lie within ourselves. What matters it what threatens our head or our purse! Let us think only of that which threatens our soul.” Chapter 7 Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo By the way, the new PBS seriesbased … More Sunday Evening Musings
” If you are not willing to die for what is in the Bible, you should not give money for Bibles. Because if you give, we will smuggle more Bibles. And if we smuggle more Bibles, there will be more martyrs.” —-Richard Wurmbrand, Founder of Voice of the Martyrs Bibles for Iraq, Cuba and China
Thoughts on Preaching I keep running into pastors who are trying to “get a message” for Sunday morning. Please stop. Please stop trying to impress, or “wow”, or prove yourself clever, or make them cry, or make them laugh, or make them like you, or think you are hip, or smart, or “balanced”, or sophisticated. … More Stop Trying to “Get a Message”
Yesterday, I was looking for some materials I needed and ran across the first article I ever had published in a national magazine. Thought It might encourage a few people. The article appeared in the August 1988 edition of the award winning Worldwide Challenge Magazine. But the incident at the center of the story goes … More “God Give Me Wise Words”
Sunday Musings Awesome is God in His sanctuary The God of Israel— He is the one who gives power and strength to His people. Blessed be God. Psalm 68:35 This was the benediction to today’s service and, in the sovereignty of God, the perfect ending to music, … More God, Not Us, is the Lord of His Church
I am reading a collection of Christmas Sermons by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and it is encouraging to see Bonhoeffer’s evangelistic heart unmediated by biographers and interpreters. The editor and translater is Edwin Robertson. In this sermon, Bonhoeffer’s text is Deuteronomy 32. He works off the promise to Israel to give them a land. But Moses is … More Bonhoeffer’s Christmas Sermon
Another short article from the online Kairos Journal. A picture of truth lived out in the crucible of life, this story from missionary Hudson Taylor’s life is encouraging both for its simplicity and its practicality. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 Firm Faith—Hudson Taylor … More What is Faith?
Sunday Musings Yesterday a book I order arrived in the mail. The Quest for the Historical Apostles: Tracing Their Lives and Legacies, by W. Brian Shelton (Baker Academic, 2018) pricked my interest because of my friend Tom Bissell’s Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve (Pantheon, 2016). Tom and I crossed paths in Israel … More Assumptions that Can Kill Conversation
At the time of Amos’ prophecy, Israel was a rich and powerful nation. Yet, Amos took them to task for ignoring the poor, failing to exercise justice, and reducing their religion to mere ritual. How can we avoid these pitfalls which seem to periodically haunt God’s people throughout history? Come hear the challenge and to … More God Judges Nations for Their Brutality Against the Unborn