Working on a Six Part Series “Six Things the Church in America Must Understand” We are not as mature as we think we are. We are not as bold as we ought to be. We are not as prayerful as we once were. We aren’t as generous as we could be. We aren’t as focused … More Six Things the Church in America Must Understand (and change)
If you spend much time around as many churches as I do, you meet some truly great saints of God–men and women whose growth in grace inspires a longing for a deeper walk with Jesus in ways that jump start renewed zeal for holiness. At the church I planted in Bolingbrook, IL I met some … More Why are Christians So Immature?
The good news of the Gospel is good because of some really bad news. We have been pronounced guilty before . . . an absolutely good being, an absolutely holy king, an absolutely righteous judge, an all seeing, all knowing sovereign who knows every thought and intention of our hearts, every behavior of our past, every secret … More Pronounced Guilty, and the Good News of the Gospel
It is the beginning of a new year and that means the beginning of another rereading of Bonhoeffer’s Life Together. I am looking forward to this year’s reading more than others. I feel like after reading it so many times over the years I am at the place where I might understand it at a deeper … More Bonhoeffer: It Starts Again
She was black, blind, uneducated and 70 years old. But she was filled with gratitude. She knew who she was. She knew that she had been rescued. She knew from where she had come. She knew that her future was now secure. She knew that the largess of her benefactor extended to many others. She wanted to … More The Creativity of a Lover
An incredibly sad day in Toronto, Philadelphia, and Clearwater, Florida with the news of baseball great Doc Halladay death in a plane crash. It is hard to imagine a humbler great man. Doc was a GREAT pitcher, but everyone who knew him, everyone who competed against him, everyone who studied his craft and his life said … More Thinking of Doc Halladay
I just ordered the Patrick Kavanaugh book, Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers. I can’t wait to read it. I love biographies and this one promises a collection of them in one place. But what really intrigues me is the “back story” approach to examining the spiritual lives of some of the greatest composers in … More I Just Read a Wonderful History-Correcting Story