Is There A Regret God Can’t Redeem?

I've spent a lot of time pondering the topic of regret. I've written a book about regret. I've written lots of blog posts on the subject. I speak on the topic. My message is always the same: God can redeem and repurpose every one of our regrets.As a result, here's a question no one has ever asked me: Is there a regret God can't redeem?Scripture tells us there is one man who allowed sin, then regret to come between him and the love of the best friend he ever had. He's a key player in the … [Read more...]

At The Intersection Of Time & Eternity: Holy Week

The Church year has a sweeping rhythm to its seasons: Advent moves into Christmastide, then Lent. But in the days leading to Good Friday the rhythm slows; it's the sound of a ticking clock in an empty room. Every tick, eternity in 60 seconds.This week, the calendar invites followers of Jesus to trace his footsteps into Jerusalem to the tick of the clock. Each day of Holy Week brings us into this journey in the here and now. It moves us from our hazy 2,000 years'-distant vantage point into … [Read more...]

Welcome To Post-Adulthood?

This recent Washington Post article highlights an idea foreign to the majority of us living in Western culture. Dr. Bill Thomas contends, "...there is a 'third' phase of life beyond adulthood that can be as rich as either of the phases that came before." This idea has implications for the church - if only we have ears to hear.For those interested in nurturing spiritual growth and development throughout every phase of life, and some of those who work with aging populations, these words are m … [Read more...]

Unpacking Once More

Some of you have followed the account of our recent (mis)adventure of our most recent move via Facebook and Twitter. After more than 3-1/2 years in a quirky 1970's townhome in a northwest suburb of Chicago, our landlord told us toward the end of January that we'd need to find a new place to live as the place was going to be sold. It wasn't exactly a surprise, as there have probably been close to 40 showings of the property since late November. We learned that few people dig a mirrored wall in an … [Read more...]

Unintended Consequences Of The Jesus Movement: Seeking The Seeker

Jesus came to seek and save the lost, and told his followers to do the same. The call to mission has always been at the heart of the church's identity.When the first crop of new believers came to faith during the Jesus Movement of the late 1960's and early 1970's, many of them discovered that the churches they began attending didn't have a category for them. Many socially-conservative church members were scandalized by the hippie dress and the sex-drugs-rock-`n-roll lifestyles the Jesus … [Read more...]

Review: What Every Christian Needs To Know About The Jewishness Of Jesus

What was first-century Judaism like? How did first-century Judaism help people approach God and draw holiness into their lives? When Jesus, a Jew, thought of God and Scripture and prayer, what kinds of things was he thinking about? By looking at the life of Jesus as a Jewish life, this book seeks to uncover the Jewish roots of Christianity. I want to hear Jesus the way his contemporaries—Jews in first-century Israel and Galilee—would have heard him. I want to understand him the way his Jewish con … [Read more...]

At The Intersection Of Time And Eternity: Lent

Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. (Matthew 9:15, Mark 2:19-20, Luke 5:34-35)  Lent was a word once commonly used to describe the lengthening days as winter moved toward spring in the northern hemisphere. Today, it tells a very specific story about the forty days leading up to Easter on the Christian liturgical calendar. Lent begins this year on Wednesday, Febr … [Read more...]