Reading with the Pastor Mark 1 and Psalm 37:1-22 As you are reading Mark today, don’t miss verse 35-39, but especially verse 35. These verses and the lifestyle that they hint at are a constant challenge to me as a morning-shunning night-person. 35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed … More I Hate Mornings But Jesus Didn’t
A Monday Musings The gospel is a proclamation, not a sales pitch. Jesus called people to repent and believe. And he commissioned us to do the same. Some will, and sadly, some will not. I have been reflecting on this for a couple of days (honestly, for years) but recently two different authors have fueled my … More The Gospel is a Proclamation, Not a Sales Pitch.
Wednesday Discipleship “Follow me and I will make you to be fishers of men.” (Mark 1:17; cf Matt. 4:19) Real discipleship, discipleship that is measured against the process and results of Jesus and Paul, always yields a gospel-telling man or woman. How should it happen? Point 1: Maybe not instantly, but maybe … A close reading … More Mature Discipleship Always Yields a Gospel-Telling Man or Woman
My friend Miquel, a church-planting missionary in Ecuador with Pathways International posed an interesting question some time ago. I’m glad I copied it and saved it because I had trouble finding it on his Facebook page or on his blog. Finally, I came up with it and it is attached now. Everything Miquel writes is worth … More How do we know we have made a disciple?
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!
Tuesday is for Preaching Mark 1:14, 38-39 (ESV) 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” 39 And he went throughout … More Want to Know How Important Preaching Was to Jesus?
Wednesday Discussion “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” (Mark 1:35) “But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.” (Luke 5:16 ESV) Rising early in the morning to pray seems to have been a habit with … More A Night Owl’s Yearning to Be a Morning Person
Tuesday’s Continuing Discussion (This continues a discussion that started in yesterday’s post. “Yesterday” being 10/30/2011.) I think there are two other problems associated with the good works that Christians are called to do in the world. On the one hand some see the good that we do, the injustices that we seek to address, the … More Too Often, We Confuse Means, Ends and Results
Monday Discussion I am becoming more and more convinced that there is a tidal wave coming to the American Church. It is doctrinal in nature and unless pastors and church leaders are released from their bondage to the therapeutic concerns of people in their pulpits and teaching, the American Church is going to see tidal-wave-like … More The Tidal Wave Coming to the American Church
Thursday is for Discipleship The following quote from Leslie Newbegin is, I think, brilliantly perceptive: In discussions about the contemporary mission of the Church it is often said that the Church ought to address itself to the real questions people are asking. That is to misunderstand the mission of Jesus and the mission of the … More The Nature and Mission of the Church