Full-scale missional work, as we see in Matthew 10:37-39, moves from love to sacrifice. He who loves anyone more than me, Jesus says, is not worthy of me. Anyone is clear, and a very forceful. But…
If you like blogging as much as I do, it is worth the effort and cost to move over from a generic brand to WordPress. The change for me has been efficient and has permitted me a variety of new features, not the least of which is the Categories and the poll. Dave Anderson, from [...]
The original post and then a follow-up on what I labeled “grace grinding” has generated far more attention than I expected. There has been plenty of activity on my blog but also on others, including especially the Jolly Blogger. I’ve been asked to give some concrete examples, and so I do so here.
Missional work can be divisive. It doesn’t have to be, often it is not, but sometimes it is. One of Jesus’ harder and harsher words is this: “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth — I did not come to bring peace but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). And often misunderstood, [...]
Lukas, my son, decided to try to run a half-marathon without training. Read his own story about it. Laura, my daughter, is running hers this weekend — only she’s been training for months.
This is getting to be a long series, but Matthew 10 is long and it is important to stick it out to see what Jesus has to say about missional work. In our verses today, Matthew 10:26-33, there is a strong warning on Jesus’ part: fear God and don’t fear humans.
Believe it or not, I was once a cross country runner. Believe it or not, I ran for my college team. But here’s the skinny: my basketball coach in college came to me and said that the cross country team was down a runner and needed one more runner to start the race and finish [...]
Scot: I like Doug Pagittâ€™s idea of â€œimplicatingâ€ the audience in the text and sermon. That is, he argues that â€œapplicationâ€ is an insufficient term to describe the full intention of what the Bible wants from us as we hear the Word. He suggests the Bible, and the sermon as the working out of the [...]
Here’s a new poll. What do you think is the number-one most important skill or gift or attribute for a pastor? I know, I know, I know — we need persons gifted with more than one gift for this vocation. But, still, what do you think is most important?