Reading with the Pastor Mark 8 and Psalm 44 Verses 12 and 13 arrested my attention. Sighing deeply in His Spirit, He said, “Why does this generation seek for a sign? Truly I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” Leaving them, He again embarked and went away to the other … More Thinking about Incarnation
Saturday Musings Every day I hear stories of pastors or churches proving unfaithful in the task of proclaiming the truth once delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Denominations ordaining practicing homosexuals, a pastor running off with someone else’s wife or church funds. Some, I fear, where never believers in the first place. They convinced themselves … More “Stress and Danger are Normal”
Book will go to print soon. But here’s what some of the advance reviewers are saying: “The temptation to pursue a safe and easy life is pervasive. With the Bible as his guide, Marty Schoenleber shows us we weren’t meant to settle into this world, but to sojourn for Christ–no matter the cost. This is … More What Others are Saying About the New Book
Thursday is for Discipleship Six years before he was imprisoned by the Nazi’s, Dietrich Bonhoeffer penned these words: “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” It was passages like Matthew 10:37-39; Mark 8:34-38; Luke 14:25-27 that forced Bonhoeffer to the conclusion that would later cost him his life. Questions: What part … More The Place of “Dying” in Discipleship
It is your job to be so filled up, so overflowing, so saturated with a vision of Christ, and his glory, and his gospel, and the wonders of the cross that your people catch an intoxicating glimpse of Him that draws them to lay everything down for Him as a living offering, a living sacrifice … More Your Job is Simple: Show the Greatness of Christ
Continued from Yesterday “What is a Christian: How Should He View himself and His Mission? (part 4) Today: (Part 5) We are a “cross-bought and cross-shaped people.” Let me start by citing a number of Scriptures. First, on the “cross-bought” nature of our existence, Paul speaking to the Ephesian elders says this: Acts 20:28 “Be … More A Cross-shaped People: The Goal of Christian Discipleship
Continued from Yesterday “What is a Christian: How Should He View Himself and His Mission? (part 3) To be a sojourner, to be a fisher of men, is to understand the cross-shapedness of our calling. We must train our people to be driven by a vision of the cross. Believers in Christ who know, who … More When a Christian understands the cross-shapedness of his calling, what happens?
Tuesday is for Preaching “To our minds, there is one reason why a Christian would not be absolutely occupied and consumed with Christ. That person’s eyes have not been opened to see His greatness.” … More Your Job is Simple: Show the Greatness of Christ
Friday is for Heart Songs “Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.” (1 John 3:13) I love being loved. I love preaching the word of God and knowing on the faces of the congregation, that what I am teaching is being heard clearly, appreciated and excitedly applied. I love “coming down from … More Is Jesus Really Worth all the World’s Hatred?