I had an interesting conversation earlier this week where I found myself explaining how sometimes I feel like church culture in America has reduced evangelism to spiritual recruitment. In some situations the goal of the church becomes getting more followers of Jesus, by way of getting more people into their programs. All the effort of Church … Continue reading world domination.
I once had a professor tell me that the most powerful point in the story of Christianity is the empty tomb. I understand what he meant. There is so much possibility there. The road away from that stone can go almost anywhere. Christ, walking around in the world with a glorified body means we're no … Continue reading open doors.
where would you go if you could? I'm talking about anywhere in the world or outside of it. what would you do? who would you bring with you? how long would you stay? would you ever come back? why? Lot's of people smarter than me have made mention of the fact that Scripture starts with … Continue reading build it.
I had a conversation with a friend the other day. Not unusual, but still it's worth mentioning: have conversations with friends folks. This one started with him saying, "It seems like you've really found 'your thing' I wanna find my thing." He had some post it's in front of him and an intense brain storming … Continue reading who before what
In his most famous compilation of messages, Jesus tells his hearers that they are the light of the world and the salt of the earth. They are what gives the world flavor and reveals the reality of things. Part of what inspired me toward a life of service to the church is the realization that … Continue reading Jesus’ compilation
Some time ago I settled, with conviction, on the notion that life is better with Jesus than without him. I suppose that's implied in most of our approaches to Christianity, but pulling that truth out of the shadows of implicit motivation and into the light of explicit assertion made all the difference for me. It's … Continue reading
The church is something to be. It is a little colony of people living under the reign of the God in the midst of a world ruled by self-interest. Surrounded on all sides, the church is always vulnerable. Yet, nestled within the church is the great hope of the world: original life offered through the … Continue reading plant and build.