Two great Americans and two great quotes. “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed in the things you didn’t do than the things that you did.” Mark Twain It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could … More Twain, Roosevelt and Us
This is a story I read years and years ago. I was reminded of it again last night when an old friend from California contacted me on LinkedIN and we talked about the difference the gospel makes in our live in contrast to the triviality of some of the things that we spend our lives … More Trivial Pursuit or Changing the World?
“We are the colorful ones.” (Keith Green) Our lives, as a friend of mine is fond of saying, are the only Jesus people will see or hear. Keith Green understood that. He knew that the people were always watching us to see if there was any consistency between what we proclaimed and how we … More Our Lives are Windows
This is not a political prophecy. It isn’t an economic prophecy. I’m not in the prophecy business, frankly. It’s not a Socialism vs. Capitalism, Democrat vs. Republican, right vs. left, gay vs. straight, or any other grouping of characters or philosophies currently pitted against one another in the tooth-and-claw media narratives that are all the … More The Coming Darkness
Two years ago while I was the pastor of another church, our church started to rethink how we are forming people in Christ, i.e. discipleship. As a part of that process I ran across one church’s description of . . . The Chair The Row and the The Circle I thought it was very … More Making Space to Do What We are Called to Do–Make Disciples
The title of this post is the chapter heading from chapter 8 of John Piper’s A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You The book is similar to two previous books by Pastor John, The Godward Life: Book 1The Godward Life: Book 2. I recommend them all. This new third volume (2014) is composed … More Be Careful, Lest the Light in You Be Darkness
It’s the first sentence in John Piper’s short tribute to his father, William Solomon Hottle Piper. John calls it a mere “fragment” of the legacy his father left him in a life lived for the glory of God. His father was 88 when he died on March 6, 2007. The number one thing he learned … More A Father’s Legacy to a Son and More
The one thing we must do, make disciples, is the one thing that the church in America is failing at. Do you think that is too harsh a comment? Too pessimistic? I don’t think so. What I do think is that if we don’t take seriously Jesus’s command to make disciples and give real intention … More Discipleship–the one thing we must do
“If our churches don’t pray, and if people don’t have an appetite for God, what does it matter how many are attending the services? How would that impress God? Can you imagine the angels saying, ‘Oh, your pews! We can’t believe how beautiful they are! Up here in heaven, we’ve been talking about them for … More Sunday Afternoon Musings
Mark 3:13-15 13 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons. Withness: What is it? Withness … More “Withness”: What is it, why do we need it, how do we get it?