Gracelessness.

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Graceless moments. They have a way of sucking the life right out of us. They put the clamps on our spirits and keep us from breathing. Inconsiderate. Disrespectful. Out to hurt. Graceless moments always come at the most inopportune times. They snatch all notions of faith, hope, and love right out of us and replace them with doubt, suspicion, and anger. Paul knew all about graceless moments. Even though he was the trailblazing pioneer of the Corinthian church, this particular group brought him much heartache. Despite the fact that he had been the first to bring the gospel to Corinth, the … [Read more...]

Pentecostal Ecumenism? – Dispatches from Converge21/SPS (Part One)

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Who said “revivals” all have to lead to the creation of new “movements” or even denominations? It just may be that the best revivals are those that bring people back, back home, back to their roots, back to their senses (cf. Lk. 15:17), and in some cases even back to the churches of their youth or even to breaking bread with the same. I recently attended Converge21 (C21), an event that brought together a selected group of leaders, pastors, educators and next-geners to collaborate on “the future direction of the Spirit-empowered (a.k.a. – Pentecostal or Charismatic) movement in … [Read more...]

Marriage and Revelation: What John Remembered

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Marriage is a revelation; or, better said, a series of revelations. And a Christ-Follower, whether married or single, is greatly helped when they discover how much our spiritual union with Christ is like a good marriage. As a matter of fact, Paul the apostle encouraged his readers to make the connection and to ponder it when he said that the “object lesson” of marriage is “a profound mystery (Eph. 5:32a).” Let’s consider the mystery. When love captures two hearts they both find out soon that there is much to discover. … [Read more...]

What the Wilderness Tabernacle Reveals About Intimacy.

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Rod Cooper, a professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, describes intimacy as “INTO-ME-SEE!”  I like that.  It says much about what intimacy brings and calls for.  Undoubtedly, within the context of marriage, the husband or wife who chooses to give their spouse genuine intimacy gives them much more than a marriage license.  They give them themselves . . . unmasked, uncovered and unlimited. … [Read more...]

What kind of “fishing” was Jesus talking about?

What role does a church community play in the work of evangelism? A great place to start in looking at this theologically is the actual words and context of Christ's determination: "I will make you fishers of men (Matt. 4:19)." For starters, was his metaphor of ministry about poles or nets? Read my recent article in Leadership Journal called “Rod and Reel, or Net?” The Pole vs. The Net. – A Fishing Mindset What does it mean when our efforts to evangelize are more communitarian? And, how can we help people get “caught into a community”? What is the difference between a pole … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget … to Remember!

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You can tell when a person has “closed their soul” towards you, can’t you? They pull away and avoid your presence. Their answers to your questions become brief and bland. They refuse to make eye contact. Their countenance is sunken. Their posture often bent. Counseling a couple in this state, or a mother and her daughter for that matter, is seldom easy. Melting emotional ice between people that has hardened for months, even years, can feel impossible. . .especially in the span of an hour-long session or two. Fortunately, I have discovered one tool God has given us that almost always … [Read more...]

An Atheist’s Church Envy – Atheism 2.0

Check this TED Talk out! It is not-to-be-missed! What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence. … [Read more...]


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