Devotionals and commentaries and Christian books, while valuable to learning and spiritual growth, aren’t the Bible itself. And I am convinced that one of the biggest struggles modern Christians will face is being unable, or unwilling, to make that distinction. [Click title to read more.]
Outside the church, we have to handle hospitality on our own. Believers still open their hearts and homes to people, but more likely than not we already know those people, and like them. We entertain, but entertaining doesn’t always mean we’re “loving strangers.” Most of us won’t come into direct contact with weary travelers crossing the land and looking for a place to stay. So what does hospitality look like in the modern age?
Let’s catch up, pray, and rest together.
I am a “head person.” By that, I mean I’m always thinking or daydreaming or pondering or analyzing or wondering. It’s just how I am, but by virtue of being that way I’m not always present in the moment or focused on what’s happening around me. Taking photographs, however, forces me out of my head and into the moment.
The danger…is when devotion to a pastor supersedes devotion to a church.
What Jesus demonstrates here to the disciples is that it isn’t our job to police the world in His name. If others are glorifying Christ – if others are doing good works in His name – Jesus’ response is “Don’t stop them.” Don’t hold people back. Don’t intervene. Even if you think you can do it better. Even if you don’t get it. Even if it’s irritating. [Click title to read more.]
Our culture rarely deals intimately with death any more: we have cordoned it off, confined it to funeral homes and hospitals, done everything to keep it separate from us as we try to think up ways and means to evade the inevitable ourselves. But it wasn’t always that way. And I suspect that in the interim, something has been lost.
There are girls I think of often. One was my best friend as a child. In the third grade, we cut holes into trash bags and then put them on […]
Do you associate the word “evangelism” with handing out tracts, seeking out strangers with whom to share the plan of salvation, and “formulas” meant to explain or advertise the gospel to others? Do these methods seem alien, uncomfortable, or cold to you? If so, Mike Bechtle’s Evangelism For the Rest of Us is a book you absolutely must read. [Click title to read more.]
On a frightening level, I suspect that most of us are just deeply distracted day to day. That’s why taking a step back is necessary. [Click title to read more.]