Reading with the Pastor Mark 9 and Psalm 45 Today’s reading comes back to a continuing theme in Jesus’ discipleship of the twelve (and of us). This wasn’t the only time that the disciples were caught arguing over which of them had more honor and prestige in the eyes of Jesus. Even on the night before he … More Striving for Power and Prestige
“We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.” Madeleine L’Engle. “O God, give me grace to … More Haunting Quotes Filled with Truth
A simple and wonderful story of God’s faithfulness and what He has done and continues to do in Russia. Listen patiently. Listen expectantly. Listen without distractions. Then spend a few moments in prayer for the work of God in difficult places and for the servants who take the gospel there.
Wednesday is for Thinking Much of the best progress in the Christian life involves finding new opportunities to be humble and to beat down our pride. It is part of striving not to grow weary in well doing (Gal. 6:9). Sometimes, it’s hard and I am so glad I have my long-suffering bride to help … More Humility and Pride
Tuesday is for Reflection Why do we neglect confession of sin in the church? There would be no Church if the God did not lead us to confess our need for a Savior. There is therefore no way to escape the admission by the members of churches to acknowledge that they are sinners. We are … More Bonhoeffer on Humility and Confession
Saturday Musings John Piper describes Charles Simeon’s growth in grace this way: “he ‘grew downward’ in humility and upward in his adoration of Christ.” It was this dual and simultaneous growth that Piper attributes to Simeon’s never yielding to bitterness or to the temptation to never leave his congregation for 54 years. This, despite the … More Growing Downward While Looking Up
I mentioned this in Sunday’s message. Why is Paris all over the news and Nigeria isn’t? Don’t get me wrong. The tragedy and what is behind it going on in Paris and the lives lost and the issues at stake are important for the entire world. The lives lost there are important. And the losses … More Why Paris and Not Nigeria?
Friday is for Thinking This week I was away speaking on The Art of Biblical Meditation at a retreat for the college ministry of a multi-congregation church from Chicago. Thursday was the last day of my three day seminar. It was a fun, challenging, and convicting time—not just for the students and leaders but for me. I was reminded of … More Scary Thoughts about Every Idle Word
Sitting here watching the second half of the Army-Navy game and saw someone comment on this post from 2013. In honor of the game and my Navy veteran Dad, here’s a lesson on church growth from a naval episode in World War II. Misinformation is Deadly to Your Church.
Friday is for Heart Songs How much are we, “we” meaning “Christians,” influenced by the culture around us? How much do we absorb from what is going on in the culture? How much do we color our decisions, our choices, our thoughts even, in the thought stuff and flavors of the culture around us? Because … More Learning from the Bumps on Other Heads