When Theology, Politics and Mission Intersect

Sunday Afternoon Musings While studying last week, I ran across an old article by John Piper titled,  “Sin, Civil Rights, and Mission.” The article was actually one of Pastor John’s weekly letters to his congregation. It was tucked away in a file on Philippians 2:1-4 and when I read it, I thought that though it was … More When Theology, Politics and Mission Intersect

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Last Night was The Grammys

Christ is Glorious.  Last night was the Grammys, the annual homage to music icons and celebration of the previous year’s “bests”. It is one of the ubiquitous Hollywood celebrations of the arts that is equal parts show, puff, drama, politics, and glorification of music and musicians. It is part of the machine of the culture that sends thousands … More Last Night was The Grammys

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Let Me Be Weak

Thursday is for Discipleship “Father, let me be weak that I might loose my clutch on everything temporal. My life, my reputation, my possessions, Lord, let me loose the tension of the grasping hand. Even, Father, would I loose the love of fondling. How often I have released a grasp only to retain what I … More Let Me Be Weak

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Finding Your Authority in the Text Rather than Your Cleverness

Tuesday is for Preaching “For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.”  (Phil 2:21) Chapter 2:19-30 of Philippians may be among the least quoted, least exposited Scriptures (outside of genealogies) in the whole of God’s word. Why? Reasons: These are among the most personal and intimate paragraphs in the the corpus … More Finding Your Authority in the Text Rather than Your Cleverness

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10 Ingredients to Pastoral Grumbling and the Effect on a Church

Monday Discussion “Do all things without grumbling or complaining.”   Phil. 2:14 Grumbling and complaining are cancers in a fellowship and a culture. They undercut joy, destroy unity and fill us with self-righteousness. They hide the light of Christ from both ourselves and those who know us. Whether you are a church planter, a pastor, … More 10 Ingredients to Pastoral Grumbling and the Effect on a Church

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Examining the “Emptying” of Christ in Philippians 2

Friday is for Heart Songs A Brief Exposition of Philippians 2:5-9 Peter was right.  The apostle Paul’s letters are filled with “things hard to understand!”[1]  If only Paul were walking the face of the earth today and could see the confusion his writings engender.  Perhaps no single passage of Paul is more controversial than the … More Examining the “Emptying” of Christ in Philippians 2

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The Difference Between a Sojourner and a Settler

Continued from Monday (What is a Christian? How should he view himself and his mission? Part 1) “What is a Christian: How Should He View himself and His Mission? (Part 2)     A settler, like a sojourner, is a person who is on a journey.  My image, as a white-middle class 49 years old,* who grew … More The Difference Between a Sojourner and a Settler

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