Oh Lord please don’t let Us be Misunderstood

The Gospel. Getting it across well is a tenuous thing. For the first instance it is the good news of God. It is John 3:16 for God so loved the world that he sent his only Son… The idea that God even allows pardon is amazing. Furthermore not only does he allow pardon but he…

A Rock of Offense

If we are going to get involved in local missions work then we should understand something about our message. The gospel is offensive. It either joyfully invites or spitefully reminds us of who we are. Our society is creating and pandering to offense everywhere, so generating more offense is an apt topic. How do we speak…

Wake Up

I was recently reading a book with the simple reminder. We are in a mission field. To the degree that you either understand this or reject this you will have a better understanding of what is going on in our world. America is becoming a place where Christians are despised and rejected. Jesus said this would…

Passionate Digression

Sharing our faith is always a good thing to do, but asking why and how are also good things to do. So…do we love our passion? They are ours to love so yeah I guess so. Is our passion God? How do you speak about God? A good question, maybe it is one I just…

Tradgedy and Compassion

Russel Moore already wrote what I wanted to say. But why not say it again?  I got up to speak on Sunday and someone just happened to mention the shooting in Orlando to me. Like most of us I slept through one of the largest terrorist shootings in our history. I was overwhelmed, to say…

A Balancing Act

In an effort to regain some balance I want to put the other foot down on my communicating about where we are in America now. I feel like we are those who Peter writes to in the dispersion. We have a two-fold mission and I do not want to communicate that while we do not…

Logistics and Stones

C.S.Lewis’ helpfully pointing out of Jesus’ own mental health. He was either a liar lunatic or Lord. In other words Jesus words either have meaning or they don’t, why? Because for his words to have meaning it meant that he believed, he reinforced the notion of truth and right and wrong. This of course works…

Christianity, what is in a name?

Christianity is under attack. Not the system of belief per se, at least not yet fully, because it is, which is what some of my other blogs are about. But the very title of our following. Christianity, Christians. Why? Well culturally when people think about Christians some equate them with bigots, hateful, mean-spirited, hypocritical, political, un-loving, jerks….

Encouraging or Preventing Worship of God

With my new responsibilities of overseeing the worship along with the youth at Gracepointe I was thinking of my own role in God’s worship and directing the people. I want to point the people to God and not be a distraction. With last’s week’s blog and the poor signage pointing the wrong way I thought…

A contextual Sigh-nn

After travelling across the country (thank God we have arrived!) and seeing sign after sign directing me where to turn, where to merge, where to exit, and even what speed to drive, I was reminded of this little episode that played out in my life last year. Signs are supposed to instruct, to help, to…