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Loving God and Loving Our Neighbors in the Digital Age

Loving God and Loving Our Neighbors in the Digital Age

In response to the lawyer’s question, “Who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29), Jesus tells the parable of the good Samaritan. The lawyer’s motivation in asking this question, the Bible tells us, was to evade moral responsibility, but Jesus patiently unpacked the question...

Discipline or Desperation? The Key to Living Free in Christ.

Discipline or Desperation? The Key to Living Free in Christ.

One evening, after decades of a Christianity driven by rules and performance, I came impulsively close to ending my life. Until that moment, my relationship with God had been primarily about Bible content and the discipline to obey. But that night, everything changed....

The Healing Power of God

The Healing Power of God

When Curt was diagnosed with brain cancer, all of us were heartbroken. All except Curt, who stood tall and resolute. He told us God was in control. On the eve of the day the doctors would operate, our group of seven held a healing service in Curt’s home. I had never...

Becoming What We Sing

Becoming What We Sing

Following American Idol’s season 7 “Idol Gives Back” episode on FOX, viewers raced online to react to pop-star competition contestants performing Darlene Zschech’s contemporary worship staple, “Shout to the Lord.” Some regarded this performance, which was on the...

Everyone in Your Wake

Everyone in Your Wake

"Everyone in your leadership wake benefits when you do the personal work to shrink your integrity gap." Whether one or millions follow you, how you live and lead matters. You and everyone you influence benefits when you wake up to the importance of shrinking your...

Jerusalem – Cardo

Jerusalem – Cardo

Revival that spreads rapidly often–if not exclusively–is a result of persecution and/or efforts at the very least suppressing God’s people. The Carto, a bustling street in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem is a perfect example of this reality. The Romans...

Do You Have a Relationship with Jesus?

Do You Have a Relationship with Jesus?

I know this seems like a strange question to ask in a pastor’s blog, but it is one Holy Spirit recently asked me. Like myself, you probably answered, “Absolutely” very quickly. Also, like me, you would be mistaken. The nature of a relationship is somewhat precarious....

Does Religious Activity Produce Disciples?

Does Religious Activity Produce Disciples?

Throughout history, we humans have been trying to “become more Godly” through rigid discipline, controlled behavior, strict legalism, and an abundance of commandments. In fact, there approximately 1663 commandments found in the Bible, (613 in the OT and 1,050 in the...

Keep It Simple

Keep It Simple

When we talk about disciplemaking, we’re talking about people who are “learners.” The Greek word discipulus means one who learns, who follows, who is ready to open up to the new. Disciples want to learn about Jesus, they want to learn from Jesus, and they want to...

What About Stewardship?

What About Stewardship?

Thoughts from the Back Pew The earth is the LORD’s and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it (Psalm 24:1). Everything I have belongs to God. Am I a good steward of the blessings God has given me? What does God desire I do with those gifts? We must be...

Loving God and Loving Our Neighbors in the Digital Age

Loving God and Loving Our Neighbors in the Digital Age

In response to the lawyer’s question, “Who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29), Jesus tells the parable of the good Samaritan. The lawyer’s motivation in asking this question, the Bible tells us, was to evade moral responsibility, but Jesus patiently unpacked the question...

Discipline or Desperation? The Key to Living Free in Christ.

Discipline or Desperation? The Key to Living Free in Christ.

One evening, after decades of a Christianity driven by rules and performance, I came impulsively close to ending my life. Until that moment, my relationship with God had been primarily about Bible content and the discipline to obey. But that night, everything changed....

The Healing Power of God

The Healing Power of God

When Curt was diagnosed with brain cancer, all of us were heartbroken. All except Curt, who stood tall and resolute. He told us God was in control. On the eve of the day the doctors would operate, our group of seven held a healing service in Curt’s home. I had never...

Becoming What We Sing

Becoming What We Sing

Following American Idol’s season 7 “Idol Gives Back” episode on FOX, viewers raced online to react to pop-star competition contestants performing Darlene Zschech’s contemporary worship staple, “Shout to the Lord.” Some regarded this performance, which was on the...

Everyone in Your Wake

Everyone in Your Wake

"Everyone in your leadership wake benefits when you do the personal work to shrink your integrity gap." Whether one or millions follow you, how you live and lead matters. You and everyone you influence benefits when you wake up to the importance of shrinking your...

Jerusalem – Cardo

Jerusalem – Cardo

Revival that spreads rapidly often–if not exclusively–is a result of persecution and/or efforts at the very least suppressing God’s people. The Carto, a bustling street in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem is a perfect example of this reality. The Romans...

Do You Have a Relationship with Jesus?

Do You Have a Relationship with Jesus?

I know this seems like a strange question to ask in a pastor’s blog, but it is one Holy Spirit recently asked me. Like myself, you probably answered, “Absolutely” very quickly. Also, like me, you would be mistaken. The nature of a relationship is somewhat precarious....

Does Religious Activity Produce Disciples?

Does Religious Activity Produce Disciples?

Throughout history, we humans have been trying to “become more Godly” through rigid discipline, controlled behavior, strict legalism, and an abundance of commandments. In fact, there approximately 1663 commandments found in the Bible, (613 in the OT and 1,050 in the...

Keep It Simple

Keep It Simple

When we talk about disciplemaking, we’re talking about people who are “learners.” The Greek word discipulus means one who learns, who follows, who is ready to open up to the new. Disciples want to learn about Jesus, they want to learn from Jesus, and they want to...

What About Stewardship?

What About Stewardship?

Thoughts from the Back Pew The earth is the LORD’s and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it (Psalm 24:1). Everything I have belongs to God. Am I a good steward of the blessings God has given me? What does God desire I do with those gifts? We must be...

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