I suppose every pastor has a certain number of “fear-dominated” parishioners. I’m thankful that in my current church there seems to be very few but I know the malady can be debilitating and destructive to gospel living. Christians ought not to be dominated by fear but by hope–an overwhelming hope, no matter what is or … More When Fear Threatens to Undo
A lesson in commitment: Our is an age that has forgotten the value of commitment. Here’s a story that will challenge Christians to rethink how much Jesus really means to them. For More See: Graham Short’s Amazing Art and a Lesson for All
Wednesday is for Discussion All loves, all joys, all pleasures are given as momentary gifts to lead us to long for greater love, fuller joys, unending pleasures, all of which can only be satisfied in God himself. God wants us to long for more than we experience. He wants us to long for Him. The … More Remembering Him
Great quotes from classic texts. “God’s love is an exercise of His goodness towards individual sinners whereby, having identified Himself with their welfare, He has given His Son to be their Saviour, and now brings them to know and enjoy Him in a covenant relation.” J.I. Packer, Knowing God, 111. How wonderful and marvelous is … More The Marvelous and Dangerous Love of God
Sunday Musings Can’t imagine my mom without my Dad at her side. So glad they called out to Jesus. Love my brothers and sisters and all their spouses and kids. We seek to honor them and look forward to seeing them again. Thrilled by gospel hope. This mother’s day, I’m celebrating a believing mom.
Where’s the Love? The following article is from Kairos Journal and fits perfectly with my message to Trinity Church from last week. Let’s pray for one another that love would be the dominate mark of our faith. And Trinity people—pray that for yoru pastor too. 4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken … More The Challenge to Christians in every Generation: Where’s the Love?
Sunday Afternoon Musings “If we are going to call ourselves followers of Jesus Christ, we should be making disciples. But most Christians today are not known for making disciples.” —-Francis Chan, Multiply, chapter 1 If we love God and love people, we will make disciples. Period. Let’s make our churches known for making disciples of Jesus. … More What is Your Church Known for?
Wednesday is for Prayer “Two things in particular marked off the Christian Church of New Testament days from contemporary society; the purity of the lives of its members and the love that they so fully practiced.” —Leon Morris, Tyndale New Testament Commentaries, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, p. 79-80 Cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:9
Thursday is for Discipleship My friend and fellow EFCA Pastor from the great state of Pennsylvania, Matt Mitchell, has just released a book called Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue (CLC Publications, 2013). As I’ve said before, I think that sinful gossip is more destructive to the loving unity of the church … More An Interview about Resisting Gossip with Matt Mitchell
Tuesday is for Counseling: A Great New Book On Thursday, I will post an interview with Matt Mitchell, a fellow EFCA pastor from the great state of Pennsylvania. I’m not sure where Matt and I crossed paths but I have appreciated his ministry for some time. His blog, Matt-Mitchell.blogspot.com, is filled with pastoral insight and … More Coming: An Interview with the Author of a Book I Hope Becomes a Runaway Bestseller