[Picture credits at the end.] Sometimes, we only learn of His care through the times of trauma and pain. I don’t know why this is I just know that it is. It is not a story of which Christians down through the ages have been unaware. C.S. Lewis put it this way: “Pain insists upon … More Pain and Sorrow and there Effect Under Christ
Scene from “The Chosen” 9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. 10 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his … More Reading Matthew and Thinking about “The Chosen”
We are planting a new church in Rock Hill, SC focused on the southwest corner of town. Our community is the three-mile radius surrounding South Pointe High School and we are very excited about the growing company of men and women God is assembling to bring a fresh expression of the gospel to the ethnically … More Our New Church
The title of this post is the chapter heading from chapter 8 of John Piper’s A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You The book is similar to two previous books by Pastor John, The Godward Life: Book 1The Godward Life: Book 2. I recommend them all. This new third volume (2014) is composed … More Be Careful, Lest the Light in You Be Darkness
Sanctifying the Day — A Morning Call to Worship “Because we love the Lord, our heart cries out, all that is within us cries out, ‘Bless His holy name!’ We don’t forget all His benefits; we don’t forget His forgiveness of all our sin; we don’t forget that He has redeemed us from the pit, … More Because We Love the Lord . . .
Blessing the Night An Evening Benediction to Sanctify the Night “Lord, there is a storm in the weather report and the rushing winds are swaying the trees and loudly proclaiming their power, but it is You that wields them and in them you remind us that your judgments are just and your mercies are great.” … More A Shelter in the Storm
Have you ever heard a question like this? Maybe it is because I am a pastor and I read weird things and have a strange collection of friends, but I hear this kind of question a lot. Sometimes it comes from the earnest seeker but more often, it comes from someone who is antagonistic toward … More Why Should Jesus Save You?
Question: How do we as fathers of sons and daughters help our children to become lovers of God, lovers of wisdom, and lovers of righteousness? Answer: Let’s examine the Scripture and see how the process took place in Solomon’s life. 1 Kings 3:6-12 says that Solomon asked God for wisdom (an understanding heart to judge … More Helping Fathers Raise Lovers of God
This, from an interview with Kevin Vanhoozer on Technology (Discipleship in the Age of Spectacle), [April 2, 2016] “. . . image-making technologies contribute to what the Peruvian novelist and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa calls a ‘culture of spectacle.’ Llosa observes that, in the past, the purpose of culture was edification: building society by … More Something to Chew on a Wednesday Afternoon
Recently, our church started to rethink how we are forming people in Christ, i.e. discipleship. As a part of that process I ran across one church’s description of The Chair The Row The Circle I thought it was very helpful but have expanded it for our purposes to The Chair The Row The Circle … More Rebooting Your Discipling Environments