WWUTT: Earnestly Desire the Higher Gifts?

Earnestly Desire the Higher Gifts? The miraculous spiritual gifts, as we read of them in the New Testament, were given to the Apostles and their close associates as signs to authenticate that the Gospel they preached was the Word of God. If the miraculous gifts were a regular thing, they wouldn’t be miraculous. The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works. (2 Corinthians 12:12) God also bore witness by signs and wonders and … [Read more...]

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...]

WWUTT: What is Discernment?

What is discernment? Hebrews 5:14 suggests that: … those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish what is good from what is evil. (Hebrews 5:145) C.H. Spurgeon explained, “Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right.” Discernment is a gift of the Holy Spirit. The Greek word used for discernment in Hebrews is the same word used in 1 Corinthians 12. To each is given the m … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 75: Why Does the Church Exist?

[display_podcast] Ever since I was a little boy, my parents have set an example of the importance of church involvement. No matter what size of church we attended, from tiny little fellowships to mega churches, my parents have been active members. But all this involvement doesn’t answer the key question to it all:Why does the Church exist? Well, according to my dad, all Christ-followers within the world’s churches have God-given gifts. Some people are gifted with the ability to see clear … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 68: What Language Does God Speak?

[display_podcast] Back when I was a boy, there was a movement sweeping across the country, beginning here on the West Coast.  It was largely made up of a bunch of hippies who had found Jesus, thus earning the label Jesus Freaks.  It was basically a counterculture, hippie version of non-denominational Christianity, aka the Jesus Movement, where many of those young adults shared all that they had, met in parks instead of large, stained-glass church buildings, and replaced church organs with rock g … [Read more...]

The Big Picture Podcast: Faulty Programming?

[display_podcast] Welcome to the Big Picture Podcast.  This podcast seeks to begin and hopefully sustain a conversation about current trends, ideas and issues in the Church and greater society. Today we hear again from the Back Row Baptist, you know, the guy in the back pew who’s just takin’ in the view. He’s done checking the ESPN app on his iPhone that he hides in his Bible, and we now have his attention. He’s been getting some push-back lately about some things he’s said on this podcast, an … [Read more...]