A Most Practical Idea

As a theologian, I am well aware that there are some debates and some questions that simply have no practical purpose. “How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” “Can God create a rock so heavy that even He cannot move it?” Questions like these can rattle around in your noggin, butContinue reading “A Most Practical Idea”

Idols in the Church Part 1: Anger

Be appalled, O heavens, at this;     be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me,     the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves,     broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jeremiah 2:12-13 English Standard Version The Bible makes clear that we have an idolatry problem. FundamentalContinue reading “Idols in the Church Part 1: Anger”

Normalize Boredom

With my men’s group, we have been working our way through Rich Villodas’ book, The Deeply Formed Life. In his book, Villodas explores five areas in which Christians in America especially need the transformative work of King Jesus in our lives as well as spiritual disciplines that help us grow in these areas. Time preventsContinue reading “Normalize Boredom”

Church for Sale

As I sit down to write this, it is a little past lunch time here. Choosing where to eat for lunch can get a bit overwhelming at times, especially when you have a group of people all trying to choose together. Everyone has different tastes, different food allergies, and different tolerances with regard to price.Continue reading “Church for Sale”

You Are Who You Meet

As I approach my 40th birthday this year (ugh), I am “trying” to be more health conscious. You know . . . the whole diet and exercise nonsense. I find myself checking calorie counts on foods and convincing myself the taste isn’t worth the waist. Of course, all this brings to mind the old saying,Continue reading “You Are Who You Meet”

Jesus’ Transfiguration, the Cross, and the Crown

This past weekend, as we are working our way through the Gospel of Mark, our pastor, John Tischer, preached through Mark 9:2-13. This passage is Mark’s record of the Transfiguration, in which Jesus takes Peter, James, and John on top of a mountain to witness a miraculous event. Jesus is transformed before their eyes, andContinue reading “Jesus’ Transfiguration, the Cross, and the Crown”

Remember the Lord’s Supper

The following is an excerpt from a discipleship book I am writing. Often paired with baptism, the practice of Communion (also referred to as the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist) is a communal discipline initiated by Jesus and passed on through His early disciples to the Church today. It is practiced in different ways byContinue reading “Remember the Lord’s Supper”

The Biggest Threat to the Church

If you lurk around Christian Twitter long enough (a habit I do NOT recommend), you notice that one of the perennial themes is whether or not _______________ is a threat to the Church in America. In fact, it appears pretty easy to build a platform, write books, and hold conferences on this theme. Simply pickContinue reading “The Biggest Threat to the Church”

How Can I Fix My Eyes on Jesus?

This past Sunday was Resurrection Sunday, a celebration of the fact that Jesus conquered death and now lives and reigns forever. However, if we truly believe this in our hearts and not just our heads, then really every day should be Resurrection Day. What I mean is that every single day should be lived inContinue reading “How Can I Fix My Eyes on Jesus?”

How Jesus Restories Us

No, that is not a typo in the title of this blog post. Since January, I have been writing a book and teaching a class on discipleship and disciple-making called Into His Image. (If interested, you can watch recordings of the class here.) The further I go, the more I am beginning to see discipleshipContinue reading “How Jesus Restories Us”