There has been a renewed emphasis on discipleship in recent years, and I see this trend exploding in the years ahead. Francis Chan has teamed up with David Platt, and the heartbeat that they share is discipleship. I was able to partner with Francis in creating Multiply: Disciples Making...
As I was stepping out of the back room onto the stage to lead the congregation in worship, my buddy said to me, “Don’t freak out, but Pamela Anderson is sitting in the front row.” I said what any worship leader would have said: “Yeah, right.” I grabbed my guitar...
When C. S. Lewis put pen to paper (that was more than a metaphor back then), you could typically expect something profound. As one of his most influential books, Mere Christianity has a lot of profound things to say about many important subjects. I would guess that most of...
Bible College students want to change the world. Or at least their church. And they want to do so immediately. At least, that’s how many of my students roll. I completely understand the compulsion to change things overnight. I’ve been there. You read the Bible, you read books on theology...
I’m guessing this has never happened to you. But it happened to a friend of mine. The church he pastors rents its sanctuary and offices from another church. When that church put the property up for sale, a wealthy Hindu couple purchased it. They assured my friend that nothing...
At the end of the second century, Tertullian famously asked, “What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” He was combating a trend in theology that sought to integrate Greek philosophy with biblical truth. According to Tertullian, these two things belong in separate universes. Tertullian’s question is a good one. What...
I came across an interesting bit of church history today. John Calvin insisted that the churches in Geneva remain locked outside of regularly scheduled worship times. In part, this was meant to discourage “superstitious” activity. The reformers were understandably sensitive to religious objects being used idolatrously (think relics), and...
This is a weird post for me to write. I don’t presume to know anything about pastors’ wives. Or about women, for that matter. I am not a pastor, so there are many things I’ll never know about a pastor’s wife. But on the other hand, my detachment from...
I have been trying to learn how to "be"—as in "Be still and know…" It is so hard to downshift, to stop my mind from doing NASCAR laps, to stop "doing" and truly disengage. So hard. Our 21st century American culture is not friendly toward such an attitude. But here...
This past week our church had a baptism service at my kids’ favorite swimming hole. I must admit. I had my reservations about having it at the spot for which my children have become pavlovian-conditioned to splash. Therefore, in order to prevent Kong (my six year old) from shouting...
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