The following article is about atheism and philanthropy. Notice that of the $430,000 raised for cancer research in 2012 by "atheist groups," $215,000 came from Stiefel (who is independently wealthy) and that a large portion of the remainder came from Christians. No wonder Stiefel doesn't want to entirely alienate religious people. Obviously, he recognizes that they're the … Continue reading Charity Disparity
I have some friends who've recently come to faith. They're from a subculture very disparate from mine. They've drawn me into conversations I've never had with other church members. Since they're new believers and I'm a pastor, I usually see our interactions as an opportunity for me to assist their spiritual growth. I find myself … Continue reading Learning to Learn
In 1 Cor. 15:3-6, Paul recounts his gospel. Those who would participate in evangelizing the world, do well to consider this passage. First, notice the brevity of Paul's statement. In just 25 words, Paul relates the crucial elements of the gospel - "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, … Continue reading Gospel
I just came back from a meeting with my daughter and two of her friends. They attend a charter school in the area. I've been challenging and equipping them to reach their fellow students with the gospel. Today they kind of pushed back and told me that their classmates are particularly hostile to people attempting "push their … Continue reading Pusher
The apostle Paul said that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Perhaps you consider that statement to be naive. I once saw a 20/20 special where John Stossel convincingly made the case that greed drives innovation and, of all things, generosity. So, what's your attitude toward money? I'd like to share … Continue reading Lay Up for Yourselves!
This is a post I put up over a year ago. The more I learn, the more I see the genius of Jesus in commanding baptism.
I saw The Great Commission with fresh eyes again today. Here it is:
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV 2010)
As I read it, the words, “baptizing them” jumped off of the page at me. The words seemed so forceful, almost violent. Our Lord commands us to grab people and push them under the water. It’s kind of scary. Perhaps you’ve not seen it that way before. Perhaps, baptism has become a safe religious ritual or a “symbol.” Maybe its become these things because…
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I am a planter of simple churches who also pastors a conventional church. "How does that work?", you ask. Check out this quote from Steve Smith in the book T4T: A Discipleship Re-revolution: Giving groups the freedom, even the empowerment, to become new churches takes the limit off the budding movement. You could view yourself … Continue reading D-church Unshackled!