What the Heart Desires
Emily Dickinson once wrote:“The Heart wants what it wants – or else it does not care”. That is likely an accurate portrayal of so much of what prevails in our culture. The very nature of the prosperity gospel shapes and molds God into a heavenly Santa Claus dispatching our every wish. I am guessing that […]Read more
The Faithful Sower
In Mark 4:1-9 we have a parable from Jesus that the Bible I am reading this morning calls “The Sower.” But I want to focus on the opening of the story on an aspect of this that strikes me as “the faithful sower.” Jesus says, “Listen! A sower went out to sow.” At least three […]Read more
We Scatter the Seed.
I scattered the seed. I didn’t get as much harvest as I had hoped. Truthfully, as I sit this morning on my back porch I can see the final green in my tomato plants fading into the dried out brown from the heat. The rest of the garden is overgrown now with weeds. It was […]Read more
Outside the Box
What kind of box do you have your life and world view packaged in? Ultimately with our systems and denominational perspectives, and ecclesiological ideas we all have boxes and labels and areas of comfort.Because of the changing world around us, I am finding myself more and more often in conversations with people who will ultimately […]Read more
How does Your Garden Grow?
How does your garden grow? If we consider the mission of God on every Christian, let’s consider the impact of our involvement in this mission as planting a garden. Of course we plant a garden with a view for a harvest. But in reality, what is our responsibility? What can we do? The title is […]Read more
Multiplying Disciples is the Only Option
It is interesting to study the book of Acts and note how quickly the early disciples became a multiplying movement. I am astounded that Luke tells us the exact numbers until the church has become more than 20 or 30,000 and then he starts speaking of a multitude. Later when Paul writes to Timothy he […]Read more
How do You Deal with “IT”?
I attended a worship service yesterday where the young man speaking had two main points in his message: (1) It happens, and (2) If “It” is not good, God is not finished with “It” yet.I think I agree with that, not that my agreement matters. Obviously everything that happens in our lives is not good. […]Read more
Logs, Crocodiles, Proverbs, and Born Again!
Working among the Bambara people of Mali I discovered a new appreciation for proverbs. They have one for so many dimensions of life. One of my favorite is, ‘No matter how long a log floats on the river, it can never become a crocodile.” When I asked what does that mean, I was told, it […]Read more
What does it mean to be a Normal Christian? I would suggest the answer to that question is all wrapped up in the definition of normal. There seems to be little doubt that the English language is complex. Someone asks, for example, “How are you doing?” Often someone answers by saying, “I am good.” Unfortunately, […]Read more
It’s Complicated! And downright Non-Cooperative.
It’s Complicated! Or is it? We are Cooperative people. Or are we? I admit it! I confess! I converted from Presbyterianism to Baptist faith for a deeply significant reason. My friend from down the street invited me to church with him, and after the first visit I was hooked. There was no turning back. The […]Read more