Relational Toolshed 2: Activating Your Gifts with Church Planting Ninja Peyton Jones

[display_podcast]This week’s tool of the week is Peyton Jones!Peyton has written some amazing works, including Church Zero: Raising 1st Century Churches out of the Ashes of the 21st Century Church, which has greatly inspired me over the past few years!But, that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the remarkable things Peyton has done throughout his life for Jesus. The guy has baptized members of the Arian Brotherhood and the Mexican Mafia… at the same church! He started ano … [Read more...]

White Horse Inn: Pluralism & the American Religion

[display_podcast] What are the beliefs and assumptions of contemporary American spirituality? Why do so many people pick and choose religious beliefs based on that which makes them happy, rather than by evaluating truth claims? Recorded before a live audience in Vail, Colorado, the hosts discuss these questions and more as they outline the characteristics of pluralism and the American Religion. They are joined once more by Greg Koukl, founder and president of Stand to Reason and author of The S … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 146: A Mother’s Day Story

[display_podcast]A few years back I wrote about how Christmas conjured up images of days gone by with my babies.  Modified a bit to relate my thoughts to Mother’s Day this week, I want to share the story with you once again.Tears of longing well up in my eyes thinking of those days gone by, since my babies are not babies anymore.  It was the happiest time of my life.Now, I have beautiful and crazy loved grandchildren, and can watch my children experience the same feelings I did as hi … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: The Glory to Come – Part 2

Even with a new bride, a vow to drink more responsibly, and a job he liked, Jake’s depression deepened. He was drinking a bottle of Jameson whiskey a day. He planned his suicide on multiple occasions. He used cocaine regularly. He had an ongoing affair. They were the darkest years of his life. He believed in God, but he ran to the comforts and escapes of this world to ease his pain. “I wanted relief. All I wanted was some kind of relief,” he recalls.Rebecca saw her husband’s burdens and desp … [Read more...]

BreakPoint: Delaying Marriage and Parenthood

More and more Americans are delaying marriage and parenthood. Let’s talk about the consequences of “emerging adulthood.” [display_podcast]Arguably the most consequential cultural shift of the past 50 years that too many people are unaware of is the rise of what demographers call “median age at first marriage.”Two simple numbers, one for men and the other for women, tell a great deal about where marriage and family rank among our culture’s priorities.In 1950, the median ages for first … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: Can I Forgive Someone Who Doesn’t Confess Wronging Me?

A question from Jason: “Pastor John, hello! As you know, in Matthew 18, the parable of the unforgiving servant ends with a dire warning to those who don’t forgive: ‘So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart’ (Matthew 18:35). Verse 34 explains the ‘so’ of 35: ‘And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt’ (Matthew 18:34). I have a lot of questions about this passage, but the main two are: (1) … [Read more...]