Friday is for Heart Songs I still remember my Latin professor at the University of Maryland saying, “No man can consider himself educated who has not read The Confessions of Augustine.” Great men like Augustine deserve to be read in every generation. But not everyone has the time or opportunity. That is one of the … More A Prayer before a Preacher
Thursday is for Thinking Our’s is a biased age. Every age is. But our biases are killing us. We are prejudiced about books written before last year. We are prejudiced by our passions, our experiences, our likes, our dislikes, our friends opinions, the politically correct climate, the desire to be liked, the desire to fit … More “I Don’t Love Her Anymore, So I’m Going to Divorce Her”
Friday is for Heart Songs As the church planter of a multi-ethnic church that at one time had as many as 23 countries of birth represented in the congregation, the vision of the nations coming together to worship the King of Kings is near to my heart. But a multi-ethnic congregation that bows to Christ … More Multi-ethnic — Yes. Multi-cultural — No!
Friday is for History and Inspiration Every age has its own challenges to faithfulness to the gospel. Most of what inconveniences and discomforts Christians in America does not rise to the level of persecution. But all persecution starts somewhere and that somewhere often involves much smaller compromises and subtle shifts in perspective. Martin Niemöller, a … More Is it Time to “fall into the spokes of the wheel” in America?
Sunday Afternoon Musings The following is from Kairos Journal. Enjoy your Sunday afternoon. May God give you opportunity to speak of Him, and He find you bold when the opportunity comes. Understanding the Times 23 These are the numbers of the divisions of the armed troops who came to David in Hebron to turn the kingdom … More Understanding the Times: Critical to Solid Biblical Exposition
Pain in life is inevitable. Relational pain is inevitable. Sin stinks and its effects devastate. To deny that life is hard, that happiness is sometimes a struggle, that joy is a battle, is to forget that we live this side of heaven. And yet, as I preached last week in the final message from the … More What if my spouse leaves me?
Weekend Musings Christians are called to love and pray for our enemies and even those who persecute us (Matthew 5:4; Luke 6:35; Romans 12:14). But we are also warned throughout Scriptures like the one quoted below, to not emulate or follow their example. Christians have not always been faithful to “the love and pray for” … More Living Wisely with and Praying for Those Who Identify Themselves as Enemies
The following is from Kairos Journal. This tragic story raises some simple questions for me: What “scientific conclusions” might our generation be equally embarrassed about in the future? What issues in our time is the Church, late to the game in standing up for justice? Will we learn anything from history? The article is below: … More Learning from the Failures of Science
Tuesday is for Preaching I have met too many of what I call “survivors”—pastors who survive in small or large places by only telling pleasantries, jokes, and sentimental soppy stories (the preaching equivalent of kitty cat pictures and movie shorts on wimp.com). These men seem to have read or imbibed from the culture around them … More 21st Century Preaching: Cowards Need Not Apply
The following is based on a Kairos Journal article: David Brainerd lived the life of holiness and prayer. His diary is a record of hours spent in prayer. “When I return home, and give myself to meditation, prayer, and fasting, my soul longs for mortification, self-denial, humility, and divorcement from all things of the world.” … More David Brainerd and the Life of Prayer