As Christians, we are to be “in the world but not of it.” But what does that mean exactly? It can actually be a pretty confusing concept if we don’t give it some careful thought. Does being “in the world” mean that we hang out at bars and watch...
“Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a...
Yesterday I wrote about Paul’s command to be filled by the Spirit and examined the musical emphasis of this Spirit-filling. Today I want to look at the verses directly preceding this: “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time,...
I’d like to start a series of blog posts dealing with what the Bible says about the poor. My interest in this topic began a few years back as I was preparing to teach the book of Ezekiel. With much excitement, I got to chapter 16 in my study, which...
Whose kingdom are you building? It may sound like a strange question, but the answer is incredibly important. We spend our lives building up our own kingdoms. We work to earn a living, but we also work to gain respect, to move up the social and material ladder, to gain...
Question #2: What voices do you allow to have influence in your life? Kony 2012 is an example of marketing genius and demonstrates an effective exploitation of social media to move a story quickly and generate massive amounts of support for a cause. It raises many interesting questions if we...
I’ll be honest. I’m not going to answer that question. I’ll leave that to Preston. But here is what I will say: We don’t always think things through the way we ought. On the one hand, we can start “celebrating” holidays merely because they give us a day off...
Some friends of mine are part of a really exciting church plant. The neighborhood they chose for their church plant is very ethnically diverse. Economically, however, the neighborhood is uniformly lower class, though they are surrounded by booming business, and upper class neighborhoods are not far away. It’s a...
Over the 4th of July weekend, I spoke at the Audio Feed Festival in Champaign, Illinois. I was invited last year and was excited to speak again this year. The fact that I agreed to come back shows what I think about the festival. Yeah, it pretty much rocks. The...
Those of us who are parents know, or at least should know, that our children are not our own. We are given stewardship of them for 18 years or so, and it is our job to train them to be functioning adults and followers of Jesus. From the earliest...
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