For Michael fans like me, his life is a cautionary tale. It reminds us that those thing for which we so desperately grasp cannot ever, ultimately, satisfy the deepest longings in our soul.
- February 21, 2013 |
We’ve all read the headlines about the historic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the first such resignation in over 600 years.
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.
Raising sons is a joy. Here are the five things every son must hear from Dad.
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.
Why the gospel forces us to talk about two realities at the same time
This is a good little book, just as it was a powerfully challenging chapter in "Don’t Waste Your Life."
A new school curriculum which will affect 46 out of 50 states will make it mandatory for at least 70 percent of books studied to be non-fiction. Why? To ready students for the workplace.
The law is like a brush-fire. I cannot escape it. But if I stand in the burned-over place, where law has already burned its way through, then I will not get hurt.
There has been a seismic shift in outreach that few church leaders are understanding, much less pursuing.
What bothers me is that it seems that we are tempted to trade unity for blog traffic.
Churches all say the same thing: "We want to reach the world for Christ." Yet most don’t. So where’s the breakdown?
How can we be used by the Lord to help turn hearts toward Him if we're not willing to sit and listen to the hearts of those who don't acknowledge Him as Lord?
The idea of Western individual spirituality--me and God--actually hurts the process of change.
A few months ago I shared a few lessons I’ve learned along the way—a few things I’ve learned about preaching since I rather unexpectedly found myself regularly standing in the pulpit. I want to add a couple of items to my list.
That is an occupational hazard for a preacher of the gospel and a fatal flaw in our makeup, this “wanting to please people.” God help us. The evidence then suggests that people-phobia has been with us from the beginning, afflicts even the strongest among us, and continues to be a threat to effective service for the Lord today.
The Old Testament was written in the language of its writers, which was Hebrew, and the New Testament was written in the language of its writers -- or at least the dominant language of commerce and culture -- which was Greek. The Bibles we read are translations of those languages into the English language. So does it matter which Bible we use?
Sometime back a survey from the Barna Group yielded six reasons young people leave the church.