Sunday Musings “I resent the charge that Christianity has done nothing for the poor but exploit them. I am acutely aware that the seedbed for Communism [Marxism, socialism, anarchy and a dozen other destructive political constructs] is corrupt capitalism and corrupt Christianity. But Marxist do not know that what they are seeing is the church, … More The Church Wins When it Serves
Sunday Afternoon Musings Great day at Trinity Church today when one church in multiple locations became one church in one location. It was great to have both of our campuses together and to celebrate the great things that God is doing in our midst. Fourteen baptism today and a great indoor picnic with lots of … More The Poor Have Much to Teach the Rich
I am in class all day working on my last class for the Doctor of Ministry degree so I have little time to post. For such a day, I reserved this little gem from Kairos Journal. Enjoy and remember, Jesus comes again, to judge the living and the dead, not by externals but by this … More Rich and Poor: Serving Both Worlds with Boldness
Wednesday is for Prayer Too often we help others because it makes us feel good. We need to help the poor for the poor not our self-esteem. Another way of putting it—We need to help the poor because we love Jesus and them not ourselves. Don’t miss this Short video from the The Chalmer’s Center. … More We’ve Got to Find Better Ways to Help the Poor Everywhere
Required: Serving the Peace (The Shalom) of the City. This is a theme that is echoed in much of Jesus’ teaching. The beaten (think of parable of the Good Samaritan), the oppressed (think of the women who had suffered much at the hands of physicians), the poor (think of the widow’s mite), the despised (think … More Required: Serving the Peace (The Shalom) of the City
Friday Monday is for Discussion Over a year ago, Ed Stetzer asked me to jump into a discussion about the ministry of the Holy Spirit outside the Church (see here). Specifically, is the Holy Spirit at work in the world outside of the Church? At a number of levels, the question might at first sound … More Is the Holy Spirit at Work Outside the Church?
Thursday is for Discipleship In the book Follow Me: Experiencing the Loving Leadership of Jesus, Jan David Hettinga, writes: “Jesus did not call the cross or His death and resurrection the good news. For Jesus, the kingdom was the good news. The magnificent work of the cross is the beginning. Atonement, reconciliation, redemption, justification, and … More Do Good, But Start with and Never Forget the Priority of Proclamation
Thursday is for Discipleship “Churches grow best not when they aim at church growth as much as when they serve the peace/shalom of the whole city.” Why? Two reasons: one, it is the biblical model of ministry. Jesus, Paul and the early church all seemed to give significant attention to the poor and the downcast … More Required: Serving the Peace (The Shalom) of the City