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. … More What is the Value of the Kingdom?
My son visited this afternoon, making the 90 mile trip to help me put together a piece of IKEA furniture, throw a baseball around and give his wise counsel on how we can better prepare for “retirement.” Ever since he attended a Dave Ramsey seminar the week after he and his bride returned from their … More “It’s a good thing that you would let me die”
Sunday Nostalgia “Who is ‘untouchable’ in your ministry—who wouldn’t you give away?” The question came from a seasoned and effective pastor of about 50 years of age. Twice he had taken churches in his denomination from around 200, to over one-thousand in attendance. But this was to be … More “It’s a good thing that you would let me die”
Sunday Musings Excerpted from the last of my six messages at this weekend’s retreat to the college students of CCUC (Chinese Christian Union Church): Look at the end of verse 44 and 46. Matthew 13:44-46 (ESV) 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. … More The Incomparable Value of the Kingdom
Friday is for Heart Songs The following is from Kairos Journal and excerpts a sermon by Ligon Duncan. Longer than my usual post and written by Ligon, not me. This is a great excerpt. Plus he references Gandalf and uses one of my all time heroes (C.T. Studd, missionary) as an illustration. Enjoy. The Kingdom … More The One Who Denies Himself Gains Everything
Weekend Musings Conclusion: Sojourners Change the World (Part 6) One result of living like sojourners, knowing we are bathed in the blood of the cross, and identified with the sacrifice of our Savior and desiring to emulate Him as close as possible, will be a powerful stimulus to less homogeneity in our congregations and fewer … More Sojourners Change the World, So Let’s Not be Settlers