I never really thought much about it, until now. But, tonight was a really lonely night for Jesus. We love to talk about the cross, but at least His mother was there, and John showed up for that. But, what about the loneliness of Thursday. What a weird night that was. Many denominations typically have … More The Night Jesus Social Distanced
In the Year of …… (Luke 3) Chapter three starts by identifying the exact timing of these events. Those receiving this gospel letter would have recognized Luke’s list of people as important people of the time. There was a certain Caesar named Tiberius, a governor named Pontius Pilate. He mentions the religious leaders Annas and … More To Be Consumed with a Larger Reality!
No one would believe you if you told them in the year 2016, the way to keep in touch with people is by U.S. Mail. Type your contracts on a typewriter and fax them. You don’t need email or smartphones. You don’t need to be on social media. Life is going to get simpler. People … More WWW (Ephesus Today!)
I realize there are similar book titles and sayings that have been used to talk about this topic. It is vital that pastors and church leaders understand the people they are trying to reach. We are asked to go to conferences, listen to podcasts, read blogs and books to understand people. We go out into … More Who Moved My Church?
Many years ago while reading a book titled, “A Tale of Three Kings,” by Gene Edwards, I realized there are only two types of leaders. This is not to say their are not thousands of different types of leadership, or different gift or talent mixes. What this means is there is an either/or principle … More Are you David or Saul?
“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead.” —————- Matthew 28:6-7a … More He is Not Here! He Has Risen!
Imagine being the disciples. Their Savior, their hero is dead! It didn’t make any sense. He was going to bring His Kingdom. Everything He did or said was somehow on a different level than anything they have ever heard. He was one step ahead at all times. He knew how to avoid being destroyed. Not … More Rigor Mortis (The Death In Between)
On occasion I explained the Gospel story to someone who is not a believer by using the Old Testament Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. I have seen people come to Christ this way and it be that moment when they say, “I have never heard that before.” You see Jesus wasn’t a blonde haired … More Yom Kippur Once and For All!
Last week I put a post out there about Women in Ministry dealing with I Timothy 2. Click Here to view, Is The Bible Sexist? – Women in Ministry Part 1. This is a very controversial and interesting topic. The reason I write about it is because how we view this passage and other passages in … More Is the Bible Sexist? – Women In Ministry Part 2
‘At first he was aware enough of his disobedience, but with his increasing hardness of heart that awareness grows ever fainter, and in the end he becomes so enmeshed that he loses all capacity for hearing the Word, and faith is quite impossible. One can imagine him conversing thus with his pastor: “I have lost … More True Discipleship