What’s in a Name?

My cousin is a Jehovah's Witness. She and I had a conversation a while back. I asked her, "When Jesus said that he had given his disciples God's name, what name did he mean?" "Jehovah." was her unhesitating response. Then I asked her where in the Gospels do we find an instance of Jesus ever … Continue reading What’s in a Name?

Indispensable Unnecessary

Ever since I first read Neil Cole's Organic Church the alarm on my phone has gone off at 10:02 every morning, Monday-Saturday.  It reminds me of Jesus' command to his disciples in Luke 10:2b that they pray for the Lord of the Harvest to send workers into his harvest fields.  That alarm just went off. I … Continue reading Indispensable Unnecessary

Friend of a Friend

As a missional movement, we're constantly aware that without God's provision, we will burnout, fail or burnout and then fail if not for the provision of God through prayer.  Our leadership team is reading through the book that Richard Foster calls the best book ever written on the subject of prayer, Andrew Murray's With Christ in the … Continue reading Friend of a Friend

Boots On the Ground, Part 1

Jesus prayed.  He got up early to do it.  He stayed up all night in it.  His first disciples followed his example devoting days on end to prayer.  Every saint throughout history who has ever done anything worth remembering has been devoted to prayer.  So why do modern Christians devote so little time to this … Continue reading Boots On the Ground, Part 1

Religious Unbelief

The Bible warns against unbelief but not against atheism per se.  How could the writers of the Scriptures have warned against atheism?  There weren’t any atheists.  I’ve heard commentators on a local Christian radio station aim Psalm 14:1 (“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”) at atheists.  Of course the implication becomes, … Continue reading Religious Unbelief

Poker Face

"Something's wrong with me?", Jamie, my wife, said over the phone.  "I can't straighten my legs.  What am I going to do?" What was she going to do?  What was I going to do?  I was out on my route.  I couldn't leave.  I felt helpless.  She was at home taking care of our two young … Continue reading Poker Face

The Parable of Fish

There once was a poor farming village.  The sandy ground bore little fruit despite the daily toil of the inhabitants.  They fought over the meager produce and the weak starved to death.  No one considered leaving the village because the leaders, out of desire to maintain control, had told everyone that they were surrounded for miles and … Continue reading The Parable of Fish