The following, as promised in yesterday’s post (“Fighting Racism with the Gospel”), is the first of a series of posts excerpting an essay I wrote in 2009 for the John Fuder and Noel Castellanos book, A HEART FOR THE COMMUNITY: NEW MODELS FOR URBAN AND SUBURBAN MINISTRY. Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Suburban Church (Capitalizing on the … More Ending Racism with Counter-cultural Gospel Ministry
The Church is Drowning in Cheap Grace Bonhoeffer was actually aiming at the German Church leading into the rise of World War II but he might have been writing about America. I am starting on my third copy of Bonhoeffer’s, The Cost of Discipleship, having worn out two copies already. It is embarrassing to see how much … More Bonhoeffer’s Analysis of American Religion?
I was in Proverbs today and thinking of men I know who are looking for work and the difference it has made to have a friend that they can confide in and trust in the sometimes difficult process of finding the next job. And then I thought of a book published a number of years ago … More The Friendless American Male
Kids are back in school. School buses are cruising our roads. Footballs are flying through the air and the weather man says there will be no 90-degree days for the next 7 days. Fall is just around the corner and with it many new opportunities to tell our neighbors about the wonder of Jesus. As … More A Challenge for the Body of Christ in America
Jesus gave the church one task. Make disciples (Matthew 28:16-20). More accurately, disciples who make disciples (2 Timothy 2:2). The process for making disciples was one, loving one another (John 13:34-35), and two, proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom (Luke 16:16). As the early church did those things, the result was the planting of … More A Leadership Discipleship Strategy
It is part of my yearly pattern. I reread, Bonhoeffer’s LIFE TOGETHER. Recently, the book has popped up a number of times in mentoring or counseling situations so now seemed like a good time for me to begin the process this year. And every time I am humbled by its wisdom and understanding of the … More Brotherhood—It’s a Real Thing Not a Feeling
Reading with the Pastor Mark 16 and Psalm 51 Psalm 51 is one of the clearest and best examples of a “penitential psalm” in all of literature. David cries out to God in repentance asking for forgiveness for his grievous sins of lust, arrogance, pride, adultery, conspiracy to commit murder, and murder. He knows he has … More When You are Quilty of Everything and You Know It