The citizens of God's new society are free from the conforming pressures of culture because the culture of God's kingdom is unity in diversity.
If anyone ever lived out the “What Would Jesus Do” ethic, Justin did. He moved into an abandoned train depot in the bar district of the next town over and took in homeless people. One night I think he baptized nineteen people in the fountain of the big Baptist church a couple of blocks over. … Continue reading What Would Jesus Evade? DDWJWD Part 2
Back when I was one of approximately four people going to heaven, I used to knock on doors to let others know. I didn’t really care that much if they accepted what I had to say; I just knew that in addition to conforming to every “command, example, and necessary inference”¹ in the Bible, I … Continue reading My Pragma Ran Over My Dogma
It's a new year. This time, I'll lose that excess weight and keep it off! Right? Okay, so I haven't been focusing on my health this year, but I have been attending to it. I was on my way to meet a friend for tacos yesterday and thinking about whether to get a salad or … Continue reading Eating According to the Gospel
I read a story today that made me weep tears of joy. Kenda Creasy Dean in her book Almost Christian, urges the church to reclaim the unmixed gospel as the basis for teen discipleship. Why? Because of an ESPN article on high school football, that's why! Grapevine, Texas—one of Money Magazine’s top 100 “best places to … Continue reading Love Your Opponent
I have a friend who wants to help me fix my car. Yes, I made a bad decision and purchased a lemon. No, I don't have the money or skill to fix my situation. But, that's not his main motivation to help me. He also wants to spend a week working side by side with … Continue reading Te Quiero
When Jesus set out to make disciples, he gathered committed people around him and did life with them. Yes, he taught the multitudes, but it doesn't seem that those people became champions of the kingdom after his death. Perhaps many of them were actually among the throngs demanding that Pilate crucify him. His teaching seems … Continue reading Body Life Part 1 – United
I know a man who is haunted by Matthew 7:21-23. He won't declare with 100% certainty that he is destined for eternal life and there is nothing anyone can say to assure him. Having read this quote this morning, I wonder if he is not plagued with spiritual pride. Don't get me wrong. He's not … Continue reading Mere Christianity – Chapter 8 – “The Great Sin” – C.S. Lewis
That voice in your head saying you're in the right and everyone else is wrong is leading you down a path of isolation and pain.
What if the essence of church could be boiled down to two words? What if believers in Christ shared life? When we share our lives - our time, money, burdens, joys, and struggles - we experience and demonstrate the kingdom of God. When we share his life, we intentionally engage with the lost and dying … Continue reading Simple church planting resources galore