This story goes back about 20 years. “Who is ‘untouchable’ in your ministry—who wouldn’t you give away?” I was speaking at a conference for church planters. Our church had planted 7 churches in its first nine years and the conferees were eager to find out how. The question came … More Who is Untouchable in Your Ministry?
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?
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) I was encouraged by these words today and thought I would pass them on without commentary and just this paragraph to set the context. As I begin my preparation for next week’s worship service I found these words from J.C. Ryle on … More The Father Delights to Give Us the Kingdom
Reading with the Pastor Matthew 13 and Psalm 35 Today we get to go back and read one of the pivotal chapters in Matthew, an entire chapter filled with parables of the Kingdom. I love this chapter and can’t wait to preach it sometime later this year. Jesus tells us what the Kingdom of God is … More The Book is Yours
They are two of the simplest, shortest, and most profound of Jesus’ parables. The text comes to us in a chapter filled with parables of the kingdom. In these three verses, two parables hinged together by a common phrase appearing in both. Read it again. 44The Kingdom of heaven is like the treasure hidden in a … More What is the Value of the Kingdom?
The Gospel of Jesus Christ does not look like it has great power in the culture of North America right now. But ‘what seems to be’ does not always reflect reality. Jesus said so. One of His shortest parables is also one of His most encouraging. So if you are discouraged over what you see … More The Glories of the Gospel
We were the lost, …the forgotten, …the last thought of. For more see: A Modern Parable: They are Outside the Castle.
Monday is for Discussion Questions and Suggestions. “Exegete” the video. What is the point? How does it relate to your church? What are you going to do about it? Update Tuesday: Link now reflects final edits. Update Wednesday: There was a farming accident in the community resulting in a death and we felt that the … More The Sickness of the American Church
A Parable of Castles and Servants Neuschwanstein Castle-Bavaria (not far from my ancestral home in Germany) “The castle was just over the hill off the main highway leading to the city. I lived on its outskirts but I could see its tallest spire. Weekly celebrations were the norm there. We could see the throngs going … More A Modern Parable: They are Outside the Castle
Sunday Afternoon Musings Working on a new “Parables for a Sleeping Church” this afternoon. The first one is being story-boarded now for release on Youtube.com™ in the Fall (“The Parable of the Forgetful Farmer“). Pray for it and the six others I am working on. This afternoon, before you watch the game (and a bunch … More Something to Pray on Superbowl Sunday