Who is God? “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:8-9) You see the hatred brewing all around us. It … Continue reading To Love or To Hate?
Mark 11 1When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring … Continue reading Racing Fuel and Fire: A Sermon on Mark 11
This is an amazing article, written by someone with stage four cancer. It is about how to interact with someone who is near death. It's just superb, and required reading if you want your care for someone walking that road, to amount to real care. I know and love so many people who lived … Continue reading Wednesday Roundup: How do you interact with someone who is near death?; You were a free spirit – definitely a hippie – and then you met Jesus?; Have you met Jordan Peterson? (2/7/18)
A friend recently sent me a suggestion for a blog post, and I have been too long in responding, mainly because the issue he raises is a good, complex problem that demands a careful answer, but also because the issue is one that affects me, and has caused me to (drag my feet…) look into … Continue reading “We’re Just So Busy…”
What is tearing us apart? Or at least keeping us apart? Why is there so little movement toward uniting around opposition to obvious problems. David Brooks writes: "... identity politics per se is not the problem. Identity politics is just political mobilization around group characteristics. The problem is that identity politics has dropped its centripetal elements and … Continue reading Wednesday Roundup: What is Tearing Us Apart – Or At Least Keeping Us Apart?; Okay, How Do We Fix It? (1/10/18)
Many Christians on the Left and the Right believe we live in a post-Christian society, though for different reasons. And - of course - the very terms "Left" and "Right" are probably symptoms of believing that we may still live in a Christian nation. Ed Stetzer, here and here, writes about Biblical frameworks for what faithfulness … Continue reading Wednesday Roundup: A Post-Christian Society?; I’m Busy, But Am I Prepared? (12/20/17)
There are any number of ways to think you are leading without really leading, and it is especially tempting in the church to convince yourself that you are leading when you're not, or when you've stopped. Thom Rainer describes the top five reasons church leaders stop leading, here. The New Year is just around … Continue reading Wednesday Roundup (on Thursday…): When you think you are, but you aren’t…; What is specific to church leadership?; I thought money, ideas, productivity, low-conflict, and good management were enough! (12/14/17)