Today’s Text: Matthew 13:44-46 This text has a context and the context is filled with parables of the kingdom. It starts out with: The Sower – the condition of the heart (soil) determines the fruitfulness of the life. The Weeds – the glory of the kingdom is revealed at the end of the age. The … More When the Kingdom of God Dominates Your Life
Wednesday is for Thinking One of the problems that Christians face in every age is how to be in the world but not of the world (cf. John 17:11 and 1 John 2:15). How are we to exist in the world without becoming like the world? How are we to love the world in the … More Christians are Too Comfortable
Tuesday is for Thinking “Of all the distortions of scripture—and heaven knows there have been plenty in our time—the most disastrous is surely to suggest that when our Lord insisted that his Kingdom was not of this world, he meant that it was. An equivalent distortion would be to devise a version of the third … More Distortions of Scripture and the Wisdom of Malcolm Muggeridge
Thursday is for Thinking Here’s another offering from Kairos Journal worth thinking about. The only thing I have added are either in brackets or underlined for emphasis. Christians need to raise their level of thinking on all things political and Stott’s book Human Rights and Human Wrongs: Major Issues for a New Century is a great place … More “Was Jesus Political?”
Friday Thoughts Are there any reasons when the release of a pastor and the starting of a new church “down the street”, “around the corner” or “in the next town over” is not a good idea? (I’m interested in a theological and theoretical discussion not a list of church names and pastors who you disagree … More Non-Compete Agreements and the Kingdom of God
Wednesday is for Prayer Preaching on the Kingdom of God this month from Matthew 13. Couldn’t help but think about Rich Mullins song, The Other Side of the World. Here’s the lyrics followed by a video of Rich and the Ragamuffin Band. I miss Rich Mullins. Won’t it be great to see him again in heaven? … More Longing For the King and the Kingdom
Weekend Musings It has been exciting to see the rise and fall and rise again of my new book on the Amazon book rankings. I don’t know how many copies have actually been sold yet but it is encouraging to know that both the paperback and the kindle edition of Picking a President: Or Any … More An Exhortation to My Readers (and a request)
Monday is for Discussion A friend passed on this simple tool to me about 25 years ago. I rediscovered it’s usefulness in the last decade and have been using it to train others as well as in my own disciple-making efforts. Here’s what it looks like: The objective is to move people from left to … More A Simple Tool to Help You Make Disciples
Our Big Problem For some time I have been convinced that a big problem in the American Church is that we have a mindset that implies that Jesus can be added to our already basically intact worldview. I am convinced this is a faulty way of thinking about discipleship. Jesus doesn’t want to be added … More Stop Adding Jesus to Your Life!
Thursday is for Discipleship 1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord … More “Deadliest Catch™” Knows More About Making Disciples than We Do!