Christianity’s Biggest Problem is the Same Now as it Always Has Been

Here is my latest post over at Wineskins. I hope you will take a moment to read it and think about how our culture affects your faith.

Christianity’s Biggest Problem is the Same Now as it Always Has Been

 

The 30% shift

I am a firm believer that the mission of the church is both inward and outward. The thing many churches face is that the inward focus has so far outweighed the outward focus that we find ourselves in need of balance and so we have a tendency to over correct. In a new article atContinue Reading

Charis-matic

I am not Pentecostal. I don’t claim to follow the “Full Gospel”. I don’t speak in tongues or claim direct divine revelation and yet in the strictest sense of the word I would have to call myself a charis-matic. Martic – Automated/willed by Charis, which is the Greek word for “grace.” Many of us haveContinue Reading

Preaching and Vision Casting: 5 Tips

This past Sunday I preached a sermon that was quite different for me and, I believe, quite different for the congregation. I presented information about our children’s ministry’s plan for updates and changes to our facility and their ministry in particular. In many ways it was vision casting with specific action items. Far too manyContinue Reading

Vision and Discernment

“Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;     but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.” – Prov 29:18 (NRSV) “Without vision a people turns wild;     but happy is he who follows the teaching.” – Prov 29:18 (NRSV) I constantly hear about vision casting. Where are we going? What are we going toContinue Reading

God Sets the Agenda

As we read through scripture we listen for what is near and dear to the heart of God. This will not always align with what is near and dear to my heart. The distance between those two things is a journey my hearts needs to walk to conform my ways and will to His waysContinue Reading

The New Spiritual Discipline – Refraining from Talking Politics

It is so tempting to talk about politics. There is so much low hanging fruit on either side of the aisle that it is a tempting topic to discuss, write about, share on social media, etc. With very rare exception I try very hard to not talk about or write about politics or share politicalContinue Reading

Oldfangled Ideas that Become “Progressive”

Some new ideas are actually very much old ideas. Over time new ideas spring up that squelch out what people had thought for centuries or even millennia.  Given enough time and enough influential people to perpetuate those ideas and they become orthodox. When an attempt is made to revive  the ancient ideas some will beContinue Reading

Intentionality Over Reactivity

Jesus tells us there are two paths through life: the narrow way and the broad way. The broad way has many people on it and it ultimately leads to destruction. The narrow way is one few find and it leads to life. In context Jesus is saying that the way we live our life reallyContinue Reading

Holiness and Low Church

In the Old Testament there were all sorts of reminders of God’s holiness and his holy requirements for his people. There were holy places and spaces…holy things and holy people. The temple was holy and so were parts of the temple like the altar. The priestly garments were holy as were the priests themselves. ThenContinue Reading

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