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
Near the very end of his marvelous book, MERE CHRISTIANITY, C.S. Lewis gives an exhortation to believe in Christ that is a slap down of narcissism. Any age, but perhaps most particularly, our age, would be wise to think hard about his words. “Until you have given up your self to Him you will not … More C.S. Lewis on Narcissism
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
Some thoughts to motivate your care and love of your neighbors. “It is precisely the scandal of an unbroken heart that impedes evangelism today.” —David Shipley “Following Jesus by forming friendships with fearless love results in fruitful service.” —Dr. John Fuder “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Dr. Fuders’s analysis of … More Pathways to Impact
“The Church is constantly tempted to accept this world as her home . . . but if she is wise she will consider that she stands in the valley between the mountain peaks of eternity past and the eternity to come. The past is gone forever and the present is passing as swift as the … More Great Quotes Series
Tozer was writing about the Christianity he observed in the years before the assassination of President Kennedy. It is shocking to see how relevant his observations continue to be of the church in America today. In fact, I wonder if Tozer wouldn’t have a heart attack if he saw the lazy, superficial, feelings-oriented, smarmy, and … More Tozer’s Critique of Evangelical Christians
Wednesday is for Discussion I want to prime the pump of our minds with a question and start a discussion. What would we do differently in our churches if we were really serious about raising the bar on what it means to be a disciple? Here’s a list to prime the pump of our thinking: … More More and Better Disciples: HOW?
Wednesday is for Thinking Meditation on Isaiah 9:6 Some years ago, I was counseling with a man who was crushed in spirit. As we talked, it was becoming clear to me that he was living with a monster. He had neglected his wife for the duration of his marriage and now he was finding out … More Wonderful Counselor, What Does it Mean?
Wednesday is for Thinking I am away, making my first ever trip to Israel. While I am gone I have prepared a series of re-posts comprised of some of the most downloaded and viewed pages of the last 5 years. Keep me in prayer for the next 10 days. I am looking forward to walking the streets … More We’ve Got Discipleship All Wrong