Lost History Most who don their green shirts and down their green beers in celebration of their Irish heritage have no knowledge of the actual St. Patrick they celebrate was not Irish. Patrick was actually a Briton, captured by Irish pirates when he was only 16, and sold into slavery in Ireland. There he labored … More Cultural Apologetics from Fifth Century Ireland
I’m not sure how, but a couple of weeks ago I remembered a book with the thought, “I need to reread that book.” For the last two or three weeks I have been looking for the book. Today, “Eureka!” I found it! The following is the first paragraph from the preface. How is it possible … More Celtic Evangelism and a New/Old Way to Win a World
This week I contemplated how to speak the gospel to my own baby boomer generation–all of them. A FaceBook world encourages grandiose thoughts like that. My thoughts ran along the lines of reminding all my fellow boomers that we aren’t getting any younger. Not one of us can add sand to the top of the … More It is Almost Over for Baby Boomers
Over the years, consulting with many churches, pastoring three, planting one, overseeing the planting of seven others, I have come to the conclusion that many in our churches have a misunderstanding of and a conflation of terms when they talk about outreach and evangelism. They are different. They may be handmaids to one another but … More The Difference between Outreach and Evangelism
I am reading a fascinating devotional book, While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks: Forty Daily Reflections on Biblical Leadership Haddon Robinson, former President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary says in the Forward to the book, that Professor Laniak applies what he has learned to the tasks of being a shepherd in the church and “raises our job … More Where are the Shepherds?
Scene from “The Chosen” 9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. 10 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his … More Reading Matthew and Thinking about “The Chosen”
Genius. Genius. Genius. I’m telling you. This brother is brilliant.. Genius.
Laboring for King and Kingdom “If you would prosper in your work, be sure to keep up earnest desires and expectations of success. If your hearts be not set on the end of your labors, and you long not to see the conversion and edification of your hearers, and do not study and preach in … More O God, Give Us Hearts for Conversion
Thursday Musings Yesterday, I was reading Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening devotional and ran across the gem below. It has been gently edited by Alister Begg to update the language a bit but with no substantive change from the original (I checked). This is not the full devotional, just the beginning paragraph that I found helpful … More Spurgeon on the Effect of Conversion
15 But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you? Acts 19:15 A fascinating passage. In my mind, Acts 19:11-20 is one of the more extraordinary passages in the entire book of Acts. It starts out by telling us that God was doing “extraordinary miracles” by the the … More I Want to be Known in Hell.