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Still A Long Way Off

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells the parable of the prodigal son. Most know the story - the son asks his father for his inheritance, then leaves, squandering everything in wild living. He eventually comes to his senses, and heads back to his father. There's lots more of course, but there is a detail in the story that is worth highlighting. It speaks volumes to who God is, as well as His deep love for us. Jesus says, “But while he was still a long way … [Read more...]

Which Is More Damaging?

Indeed, which is more damaging? Being fearfully and wonderfully made for a purpose by a personal, loving creator, endowed and blessed with dominion, power, wisdom, rational thought, morals, and so much more. Or, being classified as an animal, here by accident, struggling to win, maintain, and sustain an identity. Take a look at the photo. Which do you think is more damaging? My own frustration with this Facebook photo stems from the misrepresentation of … [Read more...]

And God Said…

One of the things I love about the creation story is its poetic structure. It builds and builds until it reaches the crown jewel, the pinnacle, of God's handiwork - mankind. I love too, how it illustrates God's power. He speaks (And God said), and things happen - out of nothing - and it was good. We've got a bit lost since then, we rebelled, but God is after us. Anyway, here's my attempt at a modern poetic version of the creation story... Gen … [Read more...]

The Real Rebellion

It's easy to get caught up in our flaws. These may include greed, lust, envy, pride, anger, and lots more. In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul lists more sins than few care to think about. He calls out gossips, slanderers, God-haters, the insolent, the arrogant, the boastful, and loads more. He even goes on to remind us how we invent ways of doing evil. But there is a Sin (capital S), worse than all these sins listed that Paul is getting at. It's … [Read more...]

Author’s Brother Murdered

In what appears to be an effort to gain sway with the religious elite, King Herod had James, the son of Zebedee, killed via sword. It is unclear why James was singled out as Herod has continually persecuted many in the new sect (The Way), including Peter - the leader of them all. Some have suggested that James had a bit of a temper.  Jesus, the founder of the Way, did call James, and his more famous brother and author, John, "Sons of Thunder." There are … [Read more...]

Chewing The Gospel

The clip below is a short interview with NT Wright. He's an incredible scholar, writer, and theologian. He is being asked some fantastic questions about the gospel - his answers are great - really worth a listen, twice! I love how he talks about how each generation has to wrestle with the Bible - we have to "chew it through afresh," because culture is always changing. We have to stay true to scripture (dive into it even more), but contextualize it for our … [Read more...]

Walk!

He was placed, like a trash bag, by the temple gates. This was his spot, everyday. He knew people would be coming to pray. They always came to pray. The heat of the day was waning, but it was still hot, dusty, and the streets were filled with merchants, the religious elite, soldiers, and the poor bustling to and fro. The man was lame. He couldn't walk since birth. He was looking for a handout - hoping for folks to drop a few pennies into his dirty hands. … [Read more...]

Along Comes A Woman

He'd been traveling all morning heading back to Galilee. It was hot. The road was dusty. He felt a prompting to pass through Samaria. This was a bold move as it's an area that Jews avoided as Samaritans were considered unclean. Exhausted, he sat by a well. He wiped his forehead, squinting from the glare of the sun. It was high noon. His disciples shuffled off to buy food. Then along comes a woman to fill her water jar. Women in her time drew water in … [Read more...]

Whole-Life Discipleship

As Christians, church life often gets most of our spiritual attention. There's an assumption that church stuff is where God is doing things. Indeed, God is working through church programs, preaching and what not. However, what about the rest of our lives - work, home, social activities? Or, as the LLIC's director, Mark Greene puts it, "What about the other 110 hours of the week? I've recently finished Neil Hudson's book, Imagine Church. Neil is also … [Read more...]

7 Ways To Advance The Gospel

I've been enjoying a lecture series from John Dickson that he gave at Regent college awhile back. Dickson's talk focused in on promoting the gospel in contemporary culture. It's a fantastic lecture as he drills into the history of the church, evangelism, philosophy, apologetics, and tons more. In one part, he highlights 7 things that average Christians are to do (i.e., the local church) to advance the gospel. I've listed them below, with some notes, also … [Read more...]