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Can We Really Finish 2020 Victoriously?

Can We Really Finish 2020 Victoriously?

 I’ll never forget my first and only Ironman triathlon finish. It was actually my third triathlon. My first was an Olympic distance and my second was a half iron man, and I had just turned 55. The training to complete the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and the...

Why Vision is Not Enough

Why Vision is Not Enough

Our mission as Christians was the same yesterday as it is today and will be tomorrow. The world, however, is changing faster than ever before, and keeping up feels impossible. The realities of human life—from how we develop relationships to how we use technology to...

Three Ways to Help Your Severely Depressed Loved One Part 2

Three Ways to Help Your Severely Depressed Loved One Part 2

Love. Even if we’ve never cracked open a Bible, most of us know evangelical America’s favorite verse, John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. The verse sums up the essence...

Our Churches and the Great Commission

Our Churches and the Great Commission

Thoughts from the Back Pew All Christian churches preach and teach the “Great Commission,” the command Jesus gave to all of us to go and make disciples. The Greek word translated “go” is in the present-perfect verb tense and more accurately can be translated “while...

If God Turned Away from His Only Son, What Hope Is There for Me?

If God Turned Away from His Only Son, What Hope Is There for Me?

I was sitting on a hillside in Israel when I first believed God loved me. I spent a good portion of my early life in church. My mother tells me I attended my first service when I was no more than two-weeks-old. After that, I was there for Sunday School, Sunday morning...

How Does Jesus See Humanity?  Part 2

How Does Jesus See Humanity? Part 2

How Jesus Sees His Kingdom The third and largest sphere in our diagram is God’s Kingdom. Without question, Jesus Christ is the rightful, exalted King of God’s Kingdom. God’s Kingdom is the context through which He is advancing His purposes through humanity here on...

How Does Jesus See Humanity? Part 1

How Does Jesus See Humanity? Part 1

So how, exactly, does the Lord Jesus Christ see each member of humanity? The answer, it turns out, is more relevant than ever—and has three parts. The three parts are: God’s Kingdom. God’s Family. God’s Church. They’re not the same, but how are they different? People...

A Desire to See the Church Do Better

A Desire to See the Church Do Better

I was in high school when Joshua Harris’s book I Kissed Dating Goodbye captured the attention of the evangelical world. It kicked off a movement and inspired countless other books on dating and sexual purity. I read many of these, internalizing messages about my...

The People of God

The People of God

In this age of cancel culture, individuals, institutions, and groups are publicly shamed for demonstrating or even just affirming an unpopular opinion or cultural value. When mass disapproval of the behavior occurs, they are “cancelled.” If you participate in social...

Grandparenting and Managing Screen Time Competition

Grandparenting and Managing Screen Time Competition

Where do we start? Kids have so many digital distractions these days—as we’re sure you’ve noticed. There is something powerful competing with you for your grandchild’s attention. It’s not a brownie straight from the oven or a basketball waiting to be bounced. It’s an...

Can We Really Finish 2020 Victoriously?

Can We Really Finish 2020 Victoriously?

 I’ll never forget my first and only Ironman triathlon finish. It was actually my third triathlon. My first was an Olympic distance and my second was a half iron man, and I had just turned 55. The training to complete the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and the...

Why Vision is Not Enough

Why Vision is Not Enough

Our mission as Christians was the same yesterday as it is today and will be tomorrow. The world, however, is changing faster than ever before, and keeping up feels impossible. The realities of human life—from how we develop relationships to how we use technology to...

Three Ways to Help Your Severely Depressed Loved One Part 2

Three Ways to Help Your Severely Depressed Loved One Part 2

Love. Even if we’ve never cracked open a Bible, most of us know evangelical America’s favorite verse, John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. The verse sums up the essence...

Our Churches and the Great Commission

Our Churches and the Great Commission

Thoughts from the Back Pew All Christian churches preach and teach the “Great Commission,” the command Jesus gave to all of us to go and make disciples. The Greek word translated “go” is in the present-perfect verb tense and more accurately can be translated “while...

If God Turned Away from His Only Son, What Hope Is There for Me?

If God Turned Away from His Only Son, What Hope Is There for Me?

I was sitting on a hillside in Israel when I first believed God loved me. I spent a good portion of my early life in church. My mother tells me I attended my first service when I was no more than two-weeks-old. After that, I was there for Sunday School, Sunday morning...

How Does Jesus See Humanity?  Part 2

How Does Jesus See Humanity? Part 2

How Jesus Sees His Kingdom The third and largest sphere in our diagram is God’s Kingdom. Without question, Jesus Christ is the rightful, exalted King of God’s Kingdom. God’s Kingdom is the context through which He is advancing His purposes through humanity here on...

How Does Jesus See Humanity? Part 1

How Does Jesus See Humanity? Part 1

So how, exactly, does the Lord Jesus Christ see each member of humanity? The answer, it turns out, is more relevant than ever—and has three parts. The three parts are: God’s Kingdom. God’s Family. God’s Church. They’re not the same, but how are they different? People...

A Desire to See the Church Do Better

A Desire to See the Church Do Better

I was in high school when Joshua Harris’s book I Kissed Dating Goodbye captured the attention of the evangelical world. It kicked off a movement and inspired countless other books on dating and sexual purity. I read many of these, internalizing messages about my...

The People of God

The People of God

In this age of cancel culture, individuals, institutions, and groups are publicly shamed for demonstrating or even just affirming an unpopular opinion or cultural value. When mass disapproval of the behavior occurs, they are “cancelled.” If you participate in social...

Grandparenting and Managing Screen Time Competition

Grandparenting and Managing Screen Time Competition

Where do we start? Kids have so many digital distractions these days—as we’re sure you’ve noticed. There is something powerful competing with you for your grandchild’s attention. It’s not a brownie straight from the oven or a basketball waiting to be bounced. It’s an...

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