The letter below comes from John Wood, my pastor growing up. A friend shared it with me (original post), and I have reread it many times. May its wisdom bless you. My dear children and grandchildren, I've been thinking of what I might say to you from the perspective of old age that I have not said to you in the past. You have heard me call you across the years to faith and faithfulness, to heed Solomon's advice to "fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of … [Read more...] about Living in the Now
WHAT IF I DON'T FEEL LIKE GOING TO CHURCH?By Gunner GundersenReview copy courtesy of the Crossway Blog Review Program That's a great question! It represents a tension we probably all have felt. Who has not had a Saturday night when they had that realization, with a twinge of dread, "Ah man, we've got church tomorrow!" I mean, I serve as a pastor, and I still have those moments. So what do you do when you find yourself there? What if you really don't feel like going to church? What should … [Read more...] about What If I Don’t Feel Like Going to Church?
Part of the impetus behind church planting in America is the diversity of culture present in the States. Ed Stetzer notes this complexity. He describes American culture as a waffle with many dimples. Each community has its own nuance. Even neighborhoods within local communities may be further nuanced and so forth. This complexity has been on display in recent days in our country. The conversations happening at the national level sound different than those happening at the regional … [Read more...] about On Church Planting and Cultural Complexities
Why plant a church? Why plant a church in the Bible Belt? Why plant a church when there are already so many churches? Do we really need more churches? In this post, I want to explain the thinking behind church planting that helped to convince me of its ongoing need today in America. Misunderstandings For some time, I was convinced of the importance of church planting in global missions, but, probably like you, I wasn’t sure how it made sense in the United States because we have so … [Read more...] about Why Church Planting
HUMAN RITES (Audiobook)The Power of Rituals, Habits, and SacramentsBy Dru JohnsonNarrated by Trevor JohnsonCourtesy of Eerdmans How might your everyday, never-think-twice-about routines be shaping and forming you, for good or bad? Dru Johnson invites us to consider this question. In Human Rites, Johnson explores how our schedules and smart phones, sacraments and training, all work together to mold us into who we are. Though we may not view all of these activities and elements of our … [Read more...] about The Power of Rituals, Habits, and Sacraments
CONFRONTING CHRISTIANITY12 Hard Questions for the World's Largest ReligionBy Rebecca McLaughlin In Confronting Christianity, McLaughlin takes on some of the toughest modern objections to Christianity with care and concision. She tackles these questions, a chapter at a time: Aren’t we better off without religion?Doesn’t Christianity crush diversity?How can you say there is only one true faith?Doesn’t religion hinder morality?Doesn’t religion cause violence?How can you take the Bible … [Read more...] about Confronting Christianity