By reducing our conceptions of the church to an institution or organization to be managed, there often follows a decreased expectation of the supernatural in the affairs and activities of the church and, by extension, the individual Christian.
You may not know this, but ministry is spiritually hazardous to your soul.
When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.
I love writing book reviews and I love reading them. Since I cannot possibly read and review all of the interesting books out there, here are a few notable links I’ve collected recently:
- February 17, 2013 |
Nothing motivates a new life like grace received into the heart.
- February 16, 2013 |
It is high time for the church to honor its Founder by embracing sola gratia anew, to reignite the beacon of hope for the hopeless and point all of us bedraggled performancists back to the freedom and rest of the Cross.
- February 15, 2013 |
We’ve all read the headlines about the historic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the first such resignation in over 600 years.
- February 14, 2013 |
If we dare to say we are looking for Jesus, he will invite us to come and spend the day with him.
Unless the faith of preachers is in Christ alone–-and not in any other person, ecclesiastical institution, theological system, moral prescription, or master recipe for human loveliness–they will be of very little use in the pulpit.
There are billions of stories unfolding in this world. What a joy it will be to trace these threads, these stories, to see how they are interwoven, and to praise God for his mercy and his grace in and through each one.
Prior to Constantine, the church, although organized, was less institutional and more communal or organic. In other words, the outside world didn’t think of “the church” as that building on the corner. Instead they thought of a community of people who were distinct in both their conduct and character, the overarching characteristics being their love for others, compassion toward the needy, and joy-filled lives.
- February 12, 2013 |
With Pope Benedict XVI's shocking resignation this morning, evangelical Christians might be tempted to see this the way a college football fan might view the departure of his rival team's head coach. But the global stakes are much, much higher.
At any given moment I have everything I truly need.
Here’s the deal: We all have a song to sing that is ours alone. The key is to do it through who, and how, God made us.
Churches have built youth centers, hired youth ministers, developed youth programs, provided youth activities, sponsored youth camps, and offered worship services for youth by youth, all the while youth stream out of their doors in record numbers...
- February 10, 2013 |
“A Miami-Dade judge approved a settlement in which [a young girl’s] biological mother, her mother's lesbian lover, and the man whose sperm made it all possible will all sign her birth certificate as parents.
- February 08, 2013 |