This weekend we hosted our annual Art & Music Benefit. You and I both knew I would say this, but it was an amazing night. Many of our students, graduates, and other friends of the school displayed and sold their art for the event. Three great bands featuring some...
I was sitting on the patio the other day talking with my son, enjoying the fabulous Southern California weather. The topic of being a “cool Christian” came up as he expressed his desire and passion to be a follower of Christ that is attractive to people, especially to the...
So, you heard a story about a man who is kidnapping children and forcing them to fight in his personal army and you want to help bring it to an end. Have you considered methods beyond the ones suggested to you from a single source? Have you asked why Kony...
Of course they are, and don’t you dare question that!! This is the type of response I often get in so many words. I’m not sure what it is, but when it comes to Short Term trips, we sure love our building projects. And questioning the benefits of such...
I hope you’ve enjoyed the updates and personal reflections in my last few blogs about my trip to Nepal. If you’re just now jumping in, it would be best to go back and read through my previous posts to get some context for what I’m going to say here. Naturally,...
Last week I did a series of posts on Jesus and his church as the Light of the World. Today I want to add one final related thought. Flannery O’Connor was a brilliant fiction writer. She was also Catholic and deeply committed to Scripture. Though her fiction is often dark...
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...
Small churches matter. (I argued this in a previous post.) As the embodiment of God’s kingdom in a particular area, every church, large or small, is irreplaceable. The importance of the local church is highlighted when we consider that it was the church that God left on earth to accomplish...
I’ll never forget hearing John Piper talk about growing old to the glory of God, in several sermons years ago. Maybe you’ve heard them too. In the middle of one particular sermon about missions, Piper goes off in his characteristic bluntness on how “old people” should do missions instead...
In the last post, I argued that the ever popular Christianese phrase “feeling called to…” is not a biblical concept. When used theologically, the word “call/calling” is almost exclusively used in terms of election unto salvation, not to authenticate a spiritual nudge we may have toward a particular ministry...
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