At the time of Amos’ prophecy, Israel was a rich and powerful nation. Yet, Amos took them to task for ignoring the poor, failing to exercise justice, and reducing their religion to mere ritual. How can we avoid these pitfalls which seem to periodically haunt God’s people throughout history? Come hear the challenge and to … More God Judges Nations for Their Brutality Against the Unborn
Reading with the Pastor Acts 7 and Psalm 10-11 I struggle with both halves of Psalm 10. The first half (verses 1-11) lays out the wickedness of the oppression of the poor and the godlessness of a lifestyle that is driven purely by the profit motive, and the second half (verses 12-18), calls for the … More Vexation: When the Heart Struggles with Justice
My life’s purpose is “to live passionately for and like Jesus.” I am a long way from my goal. But one thing is absolutely certain. I will never make any progress if I am not constantly examining the gospel record for how Jesus lived. Last night before dropping off to sleep I was reading in … More The Jesus Model: Association with Sinners
I mentioned this in Sunday’s message. Why is Paris all over the news and Nigeria isn’t? Don’t get me wrong. The tragedy and what is behind it going on in Paris and the lives lost and the issues at stake are important for the entire world. The lives lost there are important. And the losses … More Why Paris and Not Nigeria?
Continued from Yesterday Yesterday, I posted (read it here) the first part of an excerpt from Dorothy Day’s essay on Luke 2:7. Here is part 2 of the very convicting and challenging meditation on the what it means to serve Christ in the world today. I have added a few links to give some information on … More Christ is Disguised (Part 2)
Christmas Eve 2014 Yesterday, while working on one of the Christmas messages, I refound a wonderful devotional in my files. For the next few days I am going to edit and excerpt it here. The source that I have is itself adapted from the book Little by Little: The Selected Writings of Dorothy Day. Day … More Christ is Disguised Under Every Type of Humanity that Treads the Earth
Monday After Thoughts Last week I posted a great quote by Ann Voskamp on giving. This week I have another great quote from the same article in which I found last week’s quote. The article was written by Kristen Welch and was provocatively titled “Dear World: Let’s Stop Giving Our Crap to the Poor.” I’ve provided … More “No-one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank
Monday is for Discussion We say we are. We say we are a people of the Book but I wonder. I wonder about myself, I wonder the same thing about the congregations of America. I wonder if we know what we are talking about? If we were truly a people of the Book wouldn’t we … More A Test: Are We a People of the Book?
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
Friday is for Heart Songs I am working through a delightful season of training and equipping elders to reinvigorate their understanding of what it means to be an Elder for the church of the Living God. As a part of that time, all the men have read, Alexander Strauch’s classic work, Biblical Eldership: An Urgent … More Biblical Elders Care for the Poor