Reading with the Pastor Mark 7 and Psalm 42-43 Today’s readings are sobering and exciting. The Pharisees continue to fight the teaching and ministry of Christ. Even though they have the Scripture, they don’t understand it. Nevertheless, a Gentile woman expresses faith in Christ and a desire to receive His blessing and healing for her … More How About This on Your Gravestone?
Wednesday is for Prayer If you want to truly learn to pray, breathe the air and spirit of these puritan prayer warriors. (Adapted here from Kairos Journal.) A Christian Cardiogram—Puritan Prayers If a man’s prayers are a true indication of the theology of his heart, then prayers in the Puritan tradition point to faith in a … More Self-Awareness, Confession, and Prayer
My life’s purpose is “to live passionately for and like Jesus.” I am a long way from my goal. But one thing is absolutely certain. I will never make any progress if I am not constantly examining the gospel record for how Jesus lived. Last night before dropping off to sleep I was reading in … More The Jesus Model: Association with Sinners
For the past five days, I have been meditating on this haunting text in Jeremiah 4. Three days ago I took a 16-mile ride with verses 1 and 2 echoing through my spirit as I rolled by farmers bringing in their soybeans and corn. Honestly, it was hard to get away from the first two … More When Repentance Isn’t Repentance
If you have an elderly friend or parent, or if you are reading this and you happen to be older and slower and less spry than you once were, don’t miss John Stonestreet’s commentary today. Your friend or parent or anyone else who happens to be “shut-in” from as much outside contact with people as … More Thinking of Phyllis and Other Believing “Shut-ins”
Here’s the audio link to my last message at Trinity Church (from 5/29/16). The video is not yet up but I think the audio of either service is better than the video recording on this particular week. Sorry for the sniffling at the beginning. The worship team, the prayers of God’s people, the text and … More The Flabby American Church
Wednesday is for Prayer I have so much to learn. Here’s the story of a young man who can teach every pastor some sobering, helpful, and Christ-honoring truth. We don’t have to be M’Cheyne. We don’t have to practice his model. But certainly the principle of meeting with Jesus in the first part of the day … More Beginning the Day with Jesus