Getting the Accent Right: "Not of . . . But Sent Into"
“In. . . but not of” — are you familiar with this popular phrase? It captures a truth about Jesus’ followers. We are “in” this world, but not “of” it.
“In. . . but not …Continue Reading
Are You Frustrated with Your Local Church?
By grace, Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
If we do not give thanks daily for the Christian fellowship in which we have been placed, even where there is no great experience, no discoverable riches, but much weakness, small faith, and difficulty; if on…
Minimizing Views of God Don't Advance the Mission
The Church Has a 'Go and Tell' Mission
Pastor John from 1988:
From the first coming of Christ to the second coming of Christ the strategy of our mission is incarnation. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. He left one place and went to another…
When God's Will Isn't Clear
Most of the decisions you will make today aren’t explicitly addressed in the Bible. Questions like, should I eat out today? What should I wear? Should I respond to this instance of my child’s sin with correction or forbearance? Should…Continue Reading
Come Be a Nobody for Christ
Tell the students to give up their small ambitions and come eastward to preach the gospel of Christ. — Francis Xavier
Many people leave college with the goal to “be somebody.” And this usually means getting a good job, making…Continue Reading
Motherhood Is Application
If I had to pick one word to describe motherhood, I think that word would be “transforming.”
The days of a busy mother are made up of millions of transformations. Dirty children become clean, the hungry child fed, the tired…Continue Reading
The Prison Gates Opened of Their Own Accord—Really?
One of the great benefits of vacation is that there are no deadlines for being done with devotions. I can start and go as long as I want. If the Bible plan says four chapters (which it does), I can…Continue Reading
God Is a Joy to be Near and a Terror to Those Who Flee
Pastor John (1981) illustrates what it means to fear the Lord in Exodus 20:20 —
Noël and the boys and I went out to Dick and Irene Tiegen's place last week. They have a big dog as tall as Benjamin…