The Importance of Teamwork “A zoologist once informed me that a tiger will defeat a lion in a battle; but five lions will defeat five tigers because the lions fight together and the tigers do not, so the five lions take on one tiger at a time.” (The Celtic Way of Evangelism, 18.) Did … More Quotes from a Weekend of Reading
J.I. Packer continues to be a hero of mine. I only met him once. I had 40 minutes alone with him one year when he came and spoke at my seminary. He needed a ride to the airport after chapel and I don’t think I ever raised my hand faster to volunteer for something. … More “Godliness is the True Humanness”
The Church is Anemic. We are called to make disciples. It is the one outcome that Jesus wants us to be working on as we go about all the stuff of life. Everything else is secondary. So what does it tell us that according to a Barna Group survey just two years ago . . … More The Discipleship Problem at Our Door
That would be us. I am meeting with a group of fellow pastors for the next three days struggling together to become better pastors and leaders for the cause of Christ. One pastor had a particularly thorny issue that he is embroiled in and was seeking wisdom. One by one different pastors asked questions, made … More A Generation that Lost a Vision for Prayer
I am rereading a classic, truly one of the best books written by the late Charles Colson. Loving God is a masterpiece of story telling. One chapter leads into the next in a seamless interweaving of different vignettes all illuminating the theme of what it means to love God and what happens when love for … More Two Different Paths
Rereading Life Together for the 20th time. Always timely. This quotation is from the introduction. 1933, February Germany Bonhoeffer had just turned 27 years of age “In February Bonhoeffer delivered a lecture broadcast over the Berlin radio in which he flayed the German public for its hankering after a ‘leader’ who would inevitably become a … More When the “Leader” Becomes the “Misleader”
I am listening to an audio book in my car. It is a book from the Jack Ryan franchise started by Tom Clancy and carried on now by Mark Greaney. The latest books are not as focused on naval submarines, ships and procedures as the original Clancy novels but they are just as fascinated with … More A President We Could Admire
(Yesterday.) It’s my day off but my wife asked me to go to church with her for an appointment she had and so here I am in my office doing what I would have been doing at home — reading. But the book I have in hand is not what I would have picked up … More How Do We Know It’s the Word of God?
Born in November of 1932, Eugene Peterson is now 85, retired and the possessor of a wikipedia bio that is a woefully inadequate summary of his impossibly huge influence on the Church. He has been a mentor to many almost from the beginning of his ministry when he planted Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in … More Why Prayer is So Difficult?
“Visit a church on Sunday morning—almost any will do—and you will likely find a congregation comfortably relating to a deity who fits nicely within precise doctrinal positions, or who lends almighty support to social crusades, or who conforms to individual spiritual experiences. But you will not likely find much awe or sense of mystery. The … More The Trivialization of God (and the Church)