Dying for Jesus isn’t Very Popular These Days: Neither is Living for Him

Thursday is for Discipleship Time is drawing near. The fullness of time is pregnant (Galatians 4:4). It won’t be long now. The disciples sense a turn in the face of Christ. When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. (Luke 9:51) The cost of … More Dying for Jesus isn’t Very Popular These Days: Neither is Living for Him

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Required: Serving the Peace (The Shalom) of the City

Required: Serving the Peace (The Shalom) of the City. This is a theme that is echoed in much of Jesus’ teaching. The beaten (think of parable of the Good Samaritan), the oppressed (think of the women who had suffered much at the hands of physicians), the poor (think of the widow’s mite), the despised (think … More Required: Serving the Peace (The Shalom) of the City

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Required: Serving the Peace (The Shalom) of the City

Thursday is for Discipleship “Churches grow best not when they aim at church growth as much as when they serve the peace/shalom of the whole city.”[1] Why? Two reasons: one, it is the biblical model of ministry. Jesus, Paul and the early church all seemed to give significant attention to the poor and the downcast … More Required: Serving the Peace (The Shalom) of the City

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American Christians are More American than Christian

Thursday is for Discipleship I have said it for years and I think it is more true than ever: American Christians are more American than Christian.  They are more comfortable pursuing the American dream with a Christian veneer of spirituality than they are in pursuing a “cross-bought, cross-shaped” lifestyle. Let me flesh out what I … More American Christians are More American than Christian

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