I love my country and this blog is not an attempt to bash it. I simply want to highlight the contrast between American cultural values and the upside-down values of the Kingdom of God. You could say that Jesus is un-American because American culture is very ego-centric—it’s all about me, the individual. American culture is … More Is Jesus Un-American?
I remember someone describing the setting of a basketball game as thousands of people sitting in the stands who desperately need exercise watching ten guys who desperately need rest! Sometimes this would be a realistic description of the church. A few people are in the game playing their hardest while others are just watching what … More Player or Spectator?
It is hard to imagine a baby being left alone to die. As hard as this is to imagine happening to a physical baby, it happens frequently in churches across America to spiritual babies. We often leave new believers “on their own” after baptism, expecting them somehow to figure out the Christian life by themselves. … More Spiritual infanticide
Some churches are full of members who have been Christians for years, but they have never grown up. They were grumpy when they were baptized and thirty years later, they are still grumpy—they have not grown in joy. They were greedy when they got baptized and fifty years later—they are still greedy. What is shocking … More Never-ending nursery
When the Apostle Peter preached to the crowds gathered in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, he told them clearly that they had crucified their Messiah—their Lord! The truth of this hit them very hard and they were “cut to the heart.” They quickly asked Peter what they … More Just getting wet?
I don’t like the words “church member.” I have been concerned for many years about how Christians view “membership” in the local church. The problem comes because of our cultural understanding of the word “member.” We use this word when we talk about certain clubs like the Lion’s club, Rotary club, or a country club. … More What does “church member” mean?
Have you ever felt like you were walking through fog? Have you ever asked the Lord what in the world is going on, why certain things are happening in your life? Have you ever prayed sincerely about something only to be left wondering why the Lord was delaying his answer? The story of Jesus raising … More Walking in the Fog
I am not trying to be mean toward sheep, I’m merely stating a known fact. Sheep are prone to wander and they get themselves into trouble a lot. They don’t know where to go for water, for pasture, or for safety. Sheep need a shepherd. The Bible uses sheep as a metaphor for followers of … More Sheep are stupid and so are we!
In the gospel of John, chapter eight, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world,” but in Matthew chapter five he told his followers that THEY were the light of the world. To me, the best way to reconcile these two Scriptures is to simply observe the moon on a clear night. The moon … More Reflecting the Son!
Do you have any intentional plans to grow this year? A few years ago I saw a quote on the preacher’s door at my home church, that said, “If you are not growing, then you are coasting. And if you are coasting, you’re going downhill” One of the major purposes of the Church is to … More Are you coasting?