What Does It Mean to “Be the Church”?

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Many talk about the church. It seems everyone has an opinion, even if that opinion is: it’s not worth having an opinion. But through all the talk and opinion and emotion and preference, all too often, “church” does notContinue reading “What Does It Mean to “Be the Church”?”

God’s Mission Is His Invitation

Which do you value most: your heart, your lungs, or your brain? Silly question, right? Every organ in our body serves a purpose and although each one is important, these three are paramount, bearing ultimate importance. Removing any one of these three and life would be unsustainable. I’ve offered the argument that a believer inContinue reading “God’s Mission Is His Invitation”

Love One Another.

On at least one occasion, Jesus was asked by the religious leaders of his day, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” (see Mark 12:28–34; Matthew 22:34–40; Luke 10:25–28) By Jesus’ response, he links two essential commands together. He emphasizes the preeminent command to love God with everything and above everything, and then heContinue reading “Love One Another.”

Love the Word

On the night Jesus was betrayed, Jesus prayed what is known as His “High Priestly Prayer.” John reproduces much of Jesus’ prayer and you can read it in chapter 17 of His gospel. It is the longest recorded prayer of Jesus in the Scriptures. But, not only is it Jesus’ longest recorded prayer, it isContinue reading “Love the Word”

Loving & Pursuing Christ

Two weeks into January… how ya doing? The new year always begins with a wide-eyed hope and a giddy optimism as we imagine the many opportunities ahead of us. The ills of the previous year seem to fall away and only the shiny potential of a blank slate remains. Our future is so bright, weContinue reading “Loving & Pursuing Christ”

2021 – Hope & the New Year

“And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” – Revelation 21:5 A New Year has begun and it is clear that this year’s celebration has a unique element to it. There is a pervasiveContinue reading “2021 – Hope & the New Year”

Seeking Wisdom Amidst Controversy

Controversy breeds conflict. Conflict exposes pride and arrogance. When we encounter differing opinions, our pride becomes kindled. Case in point: Coronavirus Response. Everybody has an opinion and those opinions come with strong emotions and even stronger certainty. Because genuine dialogue between varying perspectives has evaporated under the heat of controversy, the wells of knowledge andContinue reading “Seeking Wisdom Amidst Controversy”

What Is Your Quest? …Or Is It a Journey?

I am on a journey. I think. Or maybe it’s an adventure. Is life an adventure? It could be a quest. Or perhaps, life is a highway?? OH!! It’s an adventureous journey-quest, quest-ish journey, type…. thing… on a highway. Ever been there? …not entirely sure where you’re going but in a big hurry to getContinue reading “What Is Your Quest? …Or Is It a Journey?”