Discipleship is Not a Little Thing 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty … More Are There Any More Sobering Words in Scripture?
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Monday is for Reflection O LORD my God, If I have done this . if there is injustice in my hands … Let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it. . And let him trample my life down to the ground .…
Sunday Musings Today we begin a new challenge for the church to read through the New Testament and selected portions of the Old Testament in 2018. This is so important. It is important because . . . the law of the Lord is perfect (Psalm 19:7) there is a famine for the word of God … More Why Reading the Bible in 2018 is So Important
Today, the nation, the Christian community, and the little town of Sutherland Springs, TX, in particular, are mourning the senseless carnage of another mass shooting. This morning, while the carnage was going on in Texas, I was preaching on a text (Matthew 10:24-42) that predicted that such things would be the part of the Christian … More Church Shooting in Texas: How Should We Respond?
Part 5 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“ Part 4: “Six Core Values for Multi-Ethnic Ministry” Becoming intentional in reaching … More Growing Pains in Multi-ethnic Ministry
Sometimes, there is a prejudice against older books. But not at our house. So in the interest and support of older books here are some great quotes to inspire and hopefully, “motivate you to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24) Newness of Life “. . . but I saw that walking in the light, means … More Great Quotes Series (8/27/17 edition)
Great Quotes and Comments Series Time Magazine reports that . . . “Millennials and Gen X-ers keep their smartphones handy 22 hours a day, which means while they’re eating sleeping, working and driving.” Time Magazine September 8, 2014, p. 28 Comments: Scary. It’s not just millennials and Gen Xers. Remember when phones were attached to walls and … More Sunday Afternoon Musings
Psalms 109 Psalm 109 is a difficult psalm to pray if you have a weak view of God’s holiness and the ferocity of His love for His people. In comparison to David, our prayers are soft-headed when placed alongside David’s robust boldness in praying not only for God to bless him but to vanquish his … More Praying to a Ferocious Lover
Here is a thoughtful article on small churches from Christianity Today. If you are a small church pastor or a small church member this article might give you much to praise God for and a few things to aspire to. When I taught in the seminary I often told my students that mega churches were … More Thoughtful Article on Small Churches
I’ve been cleaning up some long-standing piles of “things to be filed” and among them, I found this challenging quote from Henri Nouwen and his book, Here and Now, (138-139). “The compassionate life is the life of downward mobility! In a society in which upward mobility is the norm, downward mobility is not only discouraged … More The Way of Downward Mobility