Want to Make Disciples But Don’t Know Where to Start…Start Here with Some Free e-books

There is a website I want to point you to because of the quality and proven effectiveness of their resources – Renew.org. Renew is run by Bobby Harrington. Renew is dedicated to making disciples and they have produced a number of helpful resources. So many of us want to make disciples but just don’t knowContinue Reading

The Pharisees’ Real Issue May Not be What You Think it is

For most of my life I thought the Pharisees’ issues were legalism and hypocrisy. I could relate with both. The more I consider them the more I think those two things are symptomatic of a much deeper and even more troubling issue. Here it is. Self-sufficiency. They thought they had it figured out. They didn’tContinue Reading

Jesus’ Teaching on Divorce in Mark 10

I have been working through Mark 10 this week. The chapter starts with the Pharisees testing Jesus on his view of the legality of divorce. It is possible given Mark 10:1 that Jesus just crossed over into Herod Antipas’ territory. Herod had divorced his wife to marry his half-brother’s ex-wife. So marriage, divorce and re-marriageContinue Reading

Review of “Letters to the Church” Chapter 9 – Church Again

This is the last chapter in Francis Chan’s book “Letters to the Church.” This is the chapter where he gets practical and discusses some of their structure and practices. He is trying to get people back to be more like the first century church. This should hit home for those of us in Churches ofContinue Reading

Review of “Letters to the Church” Chapter 8 – Unleashed

Francis Chan starts chapter 8 in Letters to the Church with the illustration of a zoo. Wild, powerful animals in comfortable cages. Food is brought to them. They aren’t exactly tame but they also aren’t living the life they were meant to live. This is Chan’s illustration for church – something so powerful put inContinue Reading

Review of “Letters to the Church” Chapter 7 – Crucified

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one” – Bruce Lee That pretty much sums up chapter 7. In this chapter of “Letters to the Church” Francis is normalizing suffering. He said he did a sermon series on suffering and talked about all the books of theContinue Reading

Prayer in the Early Church – What Were They Praying for and What Can We Learn from Them?

What can we learn from how the early church prayed? We can learn so much! As I have gone back through Acts and the Epistles I have looked for some common threads and themes that come up over and over again. Here is what I found. The early church prayed together regularly. We see itContinue Reading

What Will Our Generation Look Back on And Regret?

Sometimes I wonder what I will look back at in 10 or 20 or even 30 years and regret in regard to Christianity and church. Here is the main thing I think we are going to look at and shake our heads at our past selves – we couldn’t get outside ourselves, outside our comfortContinue Reading

Being a Disciple in How We Talk Online

Our Christianity doesn’t have boundaries on where or when we act as followers of Jesus. If Paul had known of social media he would have said to be like Jesus there too. This can be quite difficult. It is difficult because we are humans and make mistakes on a platform with other humans who makeContinue Reading

How to have a Christian Conversation on Social Media – Barriers

When we get into conflict our body has visceral fight or flight reactions that keep us from having a productive conversation. This video helps us identify the physiological signals that warn you it is time to discipline your thoughts and words if you are to move forward in a productive and disciplined way. Online conversationContinue Reading

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