Jesus Pleads for You – Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling

Jesus Pleads for You Romans 8:33-34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Romans 8:34 A few days ago, we noted the amazing truth that the very [Read More...]

Parking Meters for Prostitutes in Germany!

A parking meter in Hannover, Germany. (from Wikicommons)

If you had given me the text of “In Germany, Sex Workers Feed a Meter” and told me to guess the source, I would have said “The Onion.” If you’re not familiar with The Onion, it bills itself as “America’s Finest News Source.”  In fact, it is America’s finest news satire, with articles written as [Read More...]

Accordance: Great Product! Great Service!

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I want to put in a good word for Accordance Bible Software, an Oak Tree Software product. I have been a user of Accordance since it was first released in 1994. (In fact, I was a user of an earlier prototype called Gramcord, that was a DOS program.) Accordance is a sophisticated Bible study program [Read More...]

Be Healthy! Eat More Chocolate!

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Even the New York Times has good news once in a while! Here’s a headline I like to read: Evidence of Heart Benefits From Chocolate According to the author, Nicholas Bakalar: An analysis of studies including more than 100,000 subjects has found that high levels of chocolate consumption are associated with a significant reduction in [Read More...]

Outstanding Letter to All College Freshman

Tim Dalrymple, my Patheos colleague, has written a letter that is must reading for all college freshmen. Tim has written this specifically for Christian students, but it contains wisdom for all who are beginning college. If you know anyone who is a new freshman, be sure to pass on this link. Here’s an excerpt from [Read More...]

Is the “Missional” Church Just a Fad?

Part 18 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church At the beginning of this series, I mentioned that the use of “missional” to describe the church is becoming so common as to be at risk of losing its distinctive meaning. This whole series has been an effort to clarify what it means [Read More...]

The PAINS of Evangelism

Part 17 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church When I talked about sharing Christ by being honest with people, perhaps you wanted to respond: “Even though you talk about ‘just being honest,’ I’m still not comfortable with the idea of sharing my faith with others. What would you suggest to help [Read More...]

How Can I Be Involved in God’s Mission When I’m Already Too Busy?

Part 16 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church How Can I Be Involved in God’s Mission When I’m Already Too Busy? As a pastor, I’ve often heard something like this: “I could get pretty excited about being a part of God’s mission in the world. But, frankly, I’m overwhelmed already. I’ve [Read More...]

The Mission of God and the Missional Church: Sent as a Community of the Good News, Part 2

Part 15 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church In my last post, I began talking about how we are sent as a community of the good news to join in the mission of God in the world. I said that our corporate sending is important because: first, we get our training [Read More...]

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling: Calling God “Abba, Father”

Calling God “Abba, Father” (Part 3) Romans 8:15-17 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15 In yesterday’s reflection, I talked about how the idea of God as father is [Read More...]

The Mission of God and the Missional Church: Sent as a Community of the Good News, Part 1

Part 14 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church When Jesus sent his first disciples into the world, he sent them as a community, not as a bunch of isolated individuals. How else would their mutual love prove to the world the genuineness of their discipleship? Even when the early Christians left [Read More...]

The Mission of God and the Missional Church: Sent to Enact the Good News, Part 3

Part 13 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Until 2006, most people were unfamiliar with William Wilberforce. The release of the movie Amazing Grace in that year changed the situation considerably. This film, starring Ioan Gruffudd as Wilberforce, narrates the first part of Wilberforce’s truly amazing, grace-filled and gracious life. Born [Read More...]

The Mission of God and the Missional Church: Sent to Enact the Good News, Part 2

Part 12 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Yesterday I began to explain how we can enact the good news of Jesus even as we speak of this good news. Such enactment is essential if want people to hear us when we speak. How can we enact the good news in [Read More...]

The Mission of God and the Missional Church: Sent to Enact the Good News, Part 1

Part 11 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church Like Jesus, we have been sent to enact the good news. Not only are we to proclaim what Christ has done for us, but also we are to live out that good news in our daily lives. We must speak of God’s reconciliation [Read More...]

The Mission of God and the Missional Church: Sent to Proclaim the Good News, Part 4

Part 10 of series: The Mission of God and the Missional Church In my last post I mentioned that my college friend Lance, who was so free in talking about his Christian faith, didn’t have the knowledge to satisfy his friends’ inquisitiveness and criticisms. So he asked me and our mutual friend John to meet [Read More...]

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling: No Condemnation!

No Condemnation! Romans 8:1-4 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 Romans 8:1 is one of the most important verses in all of Scripture, from both a theological and a psychological point of view. Theologically, this verse makes crystal clear the fact of our forgiveness in Christ. [Read More...]


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