Thursday is for Discussion You have seen it on Facebook and twitter and instagram, in news reports and magazines. It is the Arabic symbol for the letter “N” and is used by ISIS to mark the homes of Christians (and to slate them for persecution). It is ISIS’s way of sealing the fate of the … More Branded by ISIS or Christ?
Weekend Musings This post idea does not originate with me. I am picking up on the thought of Chuck Musselwhite, a Calvary Chapel pastor in Santa Barbara, California. It was part of a Church Planting Roundtable on LinkedIn. The post was a kind of “agree/disagree and comment” type of question. Here’s the question Pastor Musselwhite … More Four Different Groups in Your Church
I am a big G.K. Chesterton fan so when I ran across this provocative quote from G. K. Chesterton (Thanks to new blog follower Chantelle), I knew I had to pass it on: “What is the good of words if they aren’t important enough to quarrel over? Why do we choose one word more than … More “What is the Good of Words?”
Sunday Afternoon Musings (Excerpt from this morning’s message) Why? Why is it so easy to gossip? It slips into conversations like pounds on a 32 year old who doesn’t realize that his metabolism has changed. It’s not there and then it is in the blink of an eye. Why is it that our hearts, in … More Spring-loaded for Evil Conversation
If the Great Commission of (Matthew 28:16-20) is a command and Jesus tells us to teach those who believe to obey all that he commanded how can we escape the implication that all who are reached are supposed to multiply (reach others / make disciples)? Here’s a simple tool that I learned years ago from … More How Does a Disciple Become a Multiplier?
Monday Discussion (Two) Just saw the new Enterprise Car Rental advertising campaign. It’s very simple but behind it is a great lesson for the Church. A series of Enterprise reps come on camera and simply say, “I can make it right.” A few add, “I don’t have to talk to someone else,” or “I don’t need … More What Enterprise Car Rental Can Teach the Church
Sunday Musings Just finished up a wonderful conference with the incredible folks at Trinity Church and its two campuses in Watseka and Ashkum, IL. What a great time and what a great idea. This was their second year of doing a conference they call The One Conference. Taking their cue from Ephesians 4:4-6, the ministry … More Celebrating the Oneness and Wonder of the Body of Christ.
Tuesday is for Preaching The mail just arrive and I just read the story of a young pastor in Pennsylvania giving props to his seminary in an interview conducted for the seminary’s constituents. Somehow, though I have never attended this particular seminary, I am on the mailing list. Here’s one of the questions in the … More Pastors in America are Failing Their Congregations
Continued from Monday (What is a Christian? How should he view himself and his mission? Part 1) “What is a Christian: How Should He View himself and His Mission? (Part 2) A settler, like a sojourner, is a person who is on a journey. My image, as a white-middle class 49 years old,* who grew … More The Difference Between a Sojourner and a Settler
Weekend Musings Ever heard of a thing called “dispositional sins”? Me neither. But when my wife sent me this devotional from A.W. Tozer, I knew that I had seen them too often in my own life. Every read of Tozer is an apologetic for reading “older books.” Spiritual Warfare and Sin: Dispositional Sins Let all … More Spiritual Warfare and the Beast Within