The Mission of Jesus, Part 2

Yesterday, I began to summarize the mission of Jesus in light of the mission of God in the Old Testament. I based my discussion on a passage from chapter 4 of Luke’s gospel. Here’s that passage, once again: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has appointed me to preach Good News [Read More…]

The Mission of God and the Missional Church: The Mission of Jesus

If you were to ask the average Christian, “What was the mission of Jesus?” you’d no doubt hear that Jesus came to die on the cross for our sins, so that we might have eternal life. I believe this is true, profoundly and wonderfully. But I also believe it’s not the full story. The mission [Read More…]

The Mission of God and the Missional Church: Old Testament

God created human beings so that we might have fellowship with him and serve as faithful managers of his creation (Gen 1-2). God was to be the King who reigned over heaven and earth, and we were to be his royal family, those through whom he would implement his reign. Yet we sinned against God, [Read More…]

The Mission of God and the Missional Church: Introduction

Today, I’m beginning a blog series that considers what it means for the church to be missional. The use of the word “missional” to characterize the church is relatively new, but it has become widespread. In fact, people use the word “missional” so much that it seems almost to be losing its meaning altogther. This, [Read More…]

Another Nail in the Coffin of Religious Freedom on College Campuses

The Los Angeles Times reports that the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of San Diego State University in a lawsuit brought by two Christian student groups. They claimed that the university’s nondiscrimination policy for student groups violated their constitutional rights. But the court held in favor of the university, concluding that [Read More…]

So Get Going Already and Start Stumbling!

If you do much reading of books on business or leadership, you’ll soon be encouraged to fail. Popular books and the gurus who write them are always touting failure: “We should be free to fail.” “We should celebrate failure.” “Success only comes through much failure.” Etc. etc. etc. Still, much of our world hasn’t learned [Read More…]

Sunday Inspiration from the High Calling: What About Your Secret Life?

What About Your Secret Life? Romans 2:5-29 And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life. Romans 2:16 If chapter 2 were all we had of Romans, we’d think that we had to spend our whole life trying to earn God’s salvation. Even [Read More…]

iFaith – A Surprising Book About Genuine Faith in a Technological World

As a blogger, I am asked to review dozens of books each month. As someone with a full-time job and a full-time life, I rarely accept these requests. But when I was asked to review iFaith: Connecting with God in the 21st Century by Daniel Darling, I considered saying “Yes.” I am quite interested in [Read More…]

What if the Lord Does Not Speak? Part 2

Part 25 of series: How Does God Guide Us? Yesterday, I began to respond to the question: What if the Lord does not speak? This question, posed by one of my blog readers in response to my series How Does God Guide Us? assumes that there are times in our relationship with God when he [Read More…]

Best News in a Long Time from the New York Times: Eat Chocolate!

The New York Times, like most news sources, is filled with what could only be described as bad news. Whether the paper is reporting on the U.S. economy or the Middle East, there isn’t much to gladden soul. Until now. According to Gretchen Reynolds, chocolate can help you be more physically fit. “How Chocolate Can [Read More…]

Muslims in America: Some Fascinating Data

A headline in yesterday’s New York Times reads: “Muslims are Loyal to U.S. and Hopeful, Poll Finds.” In this article, Laurie Goodstein reports on the results of a recent Gallup survey of 2,482 Americans, including 475 Muslims. You can find the whole Gallup report here. Some of the results of the survey are predictably discouraging. [Read More…]

When You Move, Will You Take All of Your Print Books With You?

New York Times reporter Nick Bilton was faced with a problem. As he prepared to move from New York to San Francisco, he had to decide whether or not to move his library of print books with him. After deciding which of his possession to take with him and which to leave behind, he was [Read More…]

Postscript: What If the Lord Does Not Speak?

Part 24 of series: How Does God Guide Us? In response to my recent series “How Does God Guide Us?” I received a thoughtful email from a man I’ll call EH. He asks the question: What if the Lord does not speak? EH explains his question by noting “the famous gap between Malachi and John [Read More…]

Even New Yorker Readers Like Reading on Their iPads

I was surprised by a recent article in the Times. In “For New Yorker on iPad, Words are the Thing,” Jeremy Peters reported on the growing number of New Yorker readers who read the magazine on their iPads. Recently, the New Yorker said that it had 100,000 iPad readers. Given the literary nature of the [Read More…]

Why Web Videos Work . . . And Why They Bomb

Virginia Heffernan, New York Times writer on digital and pop culture, offers up commentary on what makes web videos successful and why they fail miserably. “When Shilling on the Web, Think Small” was inspired by two recent efforts that bombed, one by Mariah Carey and one by Barack Obama. Heffernan begins: Mariah Carey and Barack [Read More…]

John Stott: Not an Evangelical Blowhard according to the Times

John Stott gets a thumbs-up from the New York Times. Specifically, Pulitizer-prize winning op-ed columnist for the Times, Nicholas Kristof, gives the late John Stott his stamp of approval, his imprimatur, if you will. (To be accurate, this is the second time, to my knowledge, that the Times has approved of Stott. The first came [Read More…]


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