Sunday Musings Yesterday a book I order arrived in the mail. The Quest for the Historical Apostles: Tracing Their Lives and Legacies, by W. Brian Shelton (Baker Academic, 2018) pricked my interest because of my friend Tom Bissell’s Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve (Pantheon, 2016). Tom and I crossed paths in Israel … More Assumptions that Can Kill Conversation
Tuesday Afternoon Musings When are we going to stop playing games? “Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of the God, . . .” —2 Peter 3:11 This week … More What Sort of People are We?
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
I hope the answer is yes. I hope you know the meaning of Jesus’s parables in Matthew 13, in particular the one we talked about last week and the one we will take up this week. (Come and visit if you can or go to our website on Monday for the audio, ManchesterCreek.org) There is … More Do You Believe in the Divine Conspiracy?
I picked this up from the wonderfully and absurdly titled site: BOOKS ARE PEOPLE TOO. Hopefully, we won’t have to almost get shot to wake up, smell the coffee, and begin to live lives of real purpose for the glory of God. Dostoevsky on Almost Dying In 1849 Fyodor Dostoevsky was arrested, along with the … More Dostoevsky on Almost Dying
I’ve been cleaning up some long-standing piles of “things to be filed” and among them, I found this challenging quote from Henri Nouwen and his book, Here and Now, (138-139). “The compassionate life is the life of downward mobility! In a society in which upward mobility is the norm, downward mobility is not only discouraged … More The Way of Downward Mobility
Very Excited about the New Book Release A pastor writes books because he is seeking to shoot an arrow to make a difference at some distance from his normal sphere of influence. That is my hope with this short (60 page) booklet. It is encouraging to hear that advance reviewers are seeing some benefit. Please … More More Advance Reviews on the New Book
Update: Book is now available in both Kindle and Paperback. Coming soon. This is an unedited mock-up of the new book(let). Originally written as a lecture for a symposium on multi-ethnic ministry and then serialized on my blog, it has been re-edited and slightly expanded in this 60 page booklet. Should be available by mid-February … More New Book Release Coming
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?