Fire from heaven

"As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?" (Luke 9:51-55)They'd not only seen Jesus do miracles, they'd done them in His name as well. … [Read more...]

Review: A Million Miles In A Thousand Years

When I first began working at the Trinity Bookstore in 2004, Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz had been out for a few months and was just beginning to catch on via the best advertising of all, positive word-of-mouth. I grabbed it off the shelf, read it, lovedlovedloved it, and foisted it on all sorts of unsuspecting customers and fellow staffers. Miller's irreverently reverent, messy journey and distinctive writing voice resonated with me.It resonated with hundreds of thousands of others. The book … [Read more...]

Day of atonement prayer request

The holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, begins at sundown tonight. (You can read God's prescribed order for the day here.) On the tenth day of the seventh month, the high priest would disappear behind the curtain leading into the Holy of Holies to intercede for his people. Only on this day each year could the priest come before God on behalf of a repentant people to seek absolution of the previous year's sins against Him and one another.I remember the shock I felt this first time I … [Read more...]

What am I missing?

What makes the Church dangerous? In no particular order:1. Love2. Rabid intentionality about reflecting the risen Christ in deed and word, in that order3. Signs and wonders4. Communion5. Meaningful spiritual friendships6. Learning put into practice7. Prayer8. Its children and teens9. Gracious countercultural lifestyle10. Corporate worship as the starting line11. Generosity12. Service/justice13. Mess14. TruthThe more of the above-listed dangerous things that exist in a local congregation, the … [Read more...]

Two reviews from the top of the stack…

Philip Yancey's introspective, wise writing has been both a mirror and a pair of binoculars in my life. The reflective nature of his work has forced me to take a good look at myself in Disappointment With God; the binocular view of the struggles of others in Pain: The Gift Nobody Wants. But the truth is that most all of his beautifully-crafted writing is both mirror and binoculars. I've been a fan since his days writing for Campus Life magazine in the 1970's.Grace Notes: Daily Readings With A … [Read more...]

In just five days…

This coming Tuesday, September 22 is the official release date of a beautiful new Bible. HOLY BIBLE: MOSAIC is unlike any Bible you’ve ever seen… Gorgeous, incredible artwork from the 3rd to 21st centuries from every continent across the globe. Moving and thought-provoking writings from the 1st to 21st centuries from every continent and branch of the Church around the world. Both artwork and writings follow the Church calendar throughout the year starting with Advent (Su … [Read more...]

It happened one Shabbat…

I am deeply fascinated by the stories Jesus told. Imagine what it would be like to be in the room the first time He told this story.Here's how it might have gone:...In all his years of service to Avishai, Yigal couldn’t remember his master ever inviting this kind into his home. Though the room was packed with clusters of men engaged in animated pre-dinner conversations, Avishai’s “guest” stood alone in a corner. He looked as out of place as a python in a birdcage. Yigal couldn’t imagine he’d real … [Read more...]