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
Sticks and Stones
Do we allow sticks and stones to take the place of spiritual life? Recently in a discipleship time, a pastor friend shared a heartbreak that was his main prayer request for the day. A deacon’s meeting had stirred up more heat than light. One man was upset that Christmas decorations had been placed on the […]Read more
Did You Kiss the Fish? (Is Jesus the Only Way)
This post is for people with fish breath. Let me begin by saying that I do not generally address a topic such as this in my blog posts because it is written to an audience other than the three people who read my posts. I confess I am intrigued by the title of Wolsey’s book, […]Read more
Where Do We Go? Finding Missional Direction.
How do we find missional direction for our church? So if we determine that scripture really does expect more of us than sending our money to some mission organization and that we should be engaging unreached people, how do we discover where to go? The Holy Spirit clearly directs the church throughout the book of […]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
Lord, You will Never Wash My feet.
In some cultures it is considered poor manners to sit in such a way as the bottom of your feet show. Imagine what Jesus’ actions in the upper room must appear like to those who consider feet to be such a dirty part of the body as to be offensive. While Leonardo Da’Vinci’s painting of […]Read more
Real Mexican Food
“I want to eat some real Mexican food”. Those were my words just recently. My desire was fulfilled today without leaving the country. I did not even leave the neighborhood where I was working at the time. One of the Malians who travels with us out to the bush (formerly our driver) does not speak […]Read more
I looked up the word “prejudice” before beginning this blog post. It can mean any number of things, and often carries the idea of harboring a “negative” opinion about something or someone. Generally it seems to mean, “any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.” The truth is we all have personal preferences and […]Read more
Are you wearing “Blinders”?
Are we guilty of wearing ‘blinders’? Have you ever seen a horse with blinders? No doubt they are put on the horse to keep his eyes focused straight ahead. There may be many valuable uses for the blinders. But what happens in our churches and in our own personal lives when we are blinded by […]Read more