God’s Family Business

Is the church a family or a business?  The answer is, “yes.”  The church is God’s family business.  We struggle with this idea because “family” and “business” are mutually exclusive terms in our culture.  We think of family as something warm, spontaneous, personal, and unconditional.  We think of business as cold, calculated, impersonal, and performance…… Continue reading God’s Family Business

The Divine Romance

Did Jesus offer himself out of purely altruistic motives or was there a selfish agenda involved?  Would it surprise you if I told you that the New Testament suggests that it was the latter.  According to Hebrews 12:2, Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before him.  What joy might that be?  I suggest…… Continue reading The Divine Romance

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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

The Simple Will of God

Perhaps the question which most perplexes the serious Christians I have known is, “How do I know what God’s will is for my life?”  This question is usually borne out of an unsettled sense that surely God did not call them to a life of the mundane. I can identify.  I’ve been zealous for the things…… Continue reading The Simple Will of God

Good to God’s

I’ve never read the book, Good to Great.  A lot of people I respect have read it and recommend it.  It’s probably a good book- heck it might even be great.  The premise of the book, as I understand it is that in order for an organization to succeed it must insist on having the most…… Continue reading Good to God’s

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To Know How To Sow

I’ve been around a lot of people who are into missions.  They talk about people groups, missiology, ethnography, and mobilizing  After listening to them talk about reaching the unreached, I sometimes come away wondering if it can be done.  All of the social science and methodology which make up modern missions objectify the ones we’re trying to…… Continue reading To Know How To Sow

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Owl Pellets and Trampolines

I have kids.  God has blessed me with two sets.  Our eldest turned 18 last year and our youngest is 5.  I’m going to be parenting for a relatively long time.  While my wife and I don’t regret having our younger set of kids, we sometimes wonder what life would be like if we were just…… Continue reading Owl Pellets and Trampolines

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An imbalanced approach

I’ve always tended toward being obsessive-hardly a complimentary adjective. Perhaps our negative view of obsessiveness comes not from the quality in and of itself but because it is too narrowly focussed.  When this happens, the obsessed person becomes imbalanced, as resources flow to one side of his personality. Well-meaning counselors might suggest that a person spread out…… Continue reading An imbalanced approach