What Would Jesus Evade? DDWJWD Part 2

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

My Pragma Ran Over My Dogma

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

Eating According to the Gospel

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

Love Your Opponent

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

Body Life Part 1 – United

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

Mere Christianity – Chapter 8 – “The Great Sin” – C.S. Lewis

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

Simple church planting resources galore

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

Learning to Learn

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