In responding to the Great Commission, there's no way we can ignore the centrality of discipleship. That seems to be more of an emphasis among the churches I'm in contact with these days. But the important question moving forward is, what's the best approach in making a disciple? I realize there are countless of ways … Continue reading The Simple and the Cautious: Two Streams of Discipleship
If you've ever read any of previous blogs, you'll notice that I spend a lot of time discussing the subject of "humility". To be honest, I probably talk and write about it a whole lot more than I live it, but none the less, humility has been one of those characteristics I hold with high … Continue reading Out of Character
I don't know about you, but I'm getting pretty overwhelmed by all the information I have access to. In this digital age, we ingest just about every video, article or music clip that catches our eye as we comb through the world wide web. My friend refers to these never ending streaming blitzs as a … Continue reading Constipated and Loving It!
I'm not sure if you catch yourself doing this, but when someone asks me "How have you been doing?", I find that my default answer always seems to be "pretty tired" or "things are busy." Sometimes I'll even say it when things in life are pretty peaceful and under control. It's a horrible habit. I've … Continue reading Running on Empty
While reading the Sermon on the Mount last night, the all too familiar passage began to speak to me in a new way. "Love your enemies" Jesus says. I heard it a thousand times, yet I never realized how far I was from grasping the gravity of such a statement. "If you love those who … Continue reading Who is Your Enemy?
You would think that "dying to yourself" is a pretty straight forward concept in the scriptures. Surrender your life to the Lord and follow his will right? What more can you say than that? To add anything to this equation would give off the impression that one is trying to tone down the intensity of … Continue reading Dead but Still Original
In this video, Francis Chan clearly articulates the attitude we need to have in approaching scripture and our communication of its truths. He addresses the arrogance we have amidst our many theological debates and the necessity to come humbly before one another in light of our limitations as God's creation. What is unique about … Continue reading Humble but Certain
Due to his involvement with the assassination attempt on Aldof Hitler, Deitrich Bonhoeffer was arrested on April 1943 and eventually executed on April 1945, 23 days before the Nazis' surrender. This guy is the closest thing we have to a Christian version of Batman. As I read this letter he wrote in prison, I was … Continue reading Who am I?
Courage is an ambiguous term. I've always found it hard to discern its essence and appearance. As a teenager, I couldn't help but identify courage with those who were bold, assertive and confident. I'd associated courage with those most socially competent, the outspoken kind, who knew how to work a crowd and say the right … Continue reading Courage Needs No Audience
"That God can be known by the soul in tender personal experience while remaining infinitely aloof from the curious eyes of reason constitutes a paradox best described asDarkness to the intellectBut sunshine to the heart. (Federick W. Faber)"Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy