Saturday Musings Settlers or Sojourners? is the fifth and also the second shortest book that I have written. But it has a long history. About 15 years ago, I was invited to speak at a symposium on multi-ethnic ministry. The church I was pastoring at the time had been a pioneer in multi-ethnic ministry in … More 23 countries of Birth in One Church
First offering! The book is available in Kindle format now and paperback by the end of the month. It’s a little book filled with big thoughts of God, big thoughts of God’s kingdom, and big thoughts about the Church’s place in the world. My hope is that many will heed its cry for a passionate rediscovery of … More New Book Available: Be one of the first to review
Monday is for Discussion The churches of America are weak, spiritually anemic, prayerless, biblically illiterate, apathetic about personal holiness and unengaged with their neighbors at any meaningful level. Are there exceptions? Of course. But the stark reality is that we are almost irrelevant in effecting change of our culture toward godliness despite our numbers. We … More Christians Have Pickled Themselves in the American Dream
Sunday Musings This week I was busy with writing a long paper for a class in my doctoral program so I serialized an essay I wrote a couple of years ago in six parts. Unfortunately, I got two of the parts out of sequence! Opps! So If you want to read them in the right … More Redefining Who a Christian Is, Biblically of Course.
Weekend Musings Conclusion: Sojourners Change the World (Part 6) One result of living like sojourners, knowing we are bathed in the blood of the cross, and identified with the sacrifice of our Savior and desiring to emulate Him as close as possible, will be a powerful stimulus to less homogeneity in our congregations and fewer … More Sojourners Change the World, So Let’s Not be Settlers
Continued from Yesterday “What is a Christian: How Should He View Himself and His Mission? (part 3) To be a sojourner, to be a fisher of men, is to understand the cross-shapedness of our calling. We must train our people to be driven by a vision of the cross. Believers in Christ who know, who … More When a Christian understands the cross-shapedness of his calling, what happens?
Monday Discussion How do you think about yourself and your life as a Christian? Who are you in Christ? What is a biblical way of thinking about the answer to those questions that can transform your spiritual life? Some more questions What is the self identity of the Christian? How is the believer to view … More What is a Christian? How Should He View Himself and His Mission?
The Benefits of Being a Sojourner One result of living like sojourners, bathed in the blood of the cross, and identified with the sacrifice of our Savior and desiring to emulate Him as closely as possible, will be a powerful stimulus to less homogeneity in our congregations and fewer “turf wars” over style. We will … More We are a Cross-bought People: Part 4
The Settler’s Struggle with the Sojourner The settler doesn’t like the company of the sojourner. They threaten his security. Their past lives frighten him and make him uncomfortable. Their dysfunctional pasts are messy and unfamiliar. Some of them sport tattoos and piercings and hair color and clothing that frighten and confuse the settler. He has … More We are a Cross-bought People: Part 3
We Ought to be a Cross-shaped People What is the self-identity of the Christian? How is the believer to view himself in his horizontal relationships to the material world and in his vertical relationship to God? Who does he see him/herself to be? A better way to phrase the question would be, “How am I, … More We are a Cross-bought People: Part 1