Category Archives: Discipleship

Obedience is Better than Sacrifice

This often quoted and more often misused passage is from 1 Samuel 15:22. I’ve heard it for most of my church life. It’s never been my favorite, but until recently I’ve never given much thought to why. But the recent … Continue reading

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Though He Slay Me

Job 13:15 (NAS): 15 “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him.” I’ve just experienced the darkest days of my life. I have had difficult times before, but none like this. I have, for as far back as I can remember, … Continue reading

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It’s a Wrap

That’s a wrap people. Let’s pack it up. This one’s over. The people of God have, en masse, bought into pursuing their best life. We have officially moved our hope from the coming of the Lord Jesus and the glory … Continue reading

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A Theology of Glory

I have felt for sometime that something was wrong. I have never been able to clearly convey the thoughts I’ve had. It has always come out muddled and sounds too much like whining and complaining. I have long sensed a … Continue reading

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The Uneasy Place of Trusting God

The first time I experienced the necessity of trusting God was on my first mission trip. The safety nets that I had taken for granted were all removed. I remember being keenly aware that they were gone. It began in the … Continue reading

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Are they itching?

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from … Continue reading

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How to Act in Church

When I was a child, the adults use to talk to us often about our behavior in church. There were certain things that you could not do that seemed written in stone. There was a proper way to act in church, … Continue reading

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God and The American Dream: A Question Worth Considering

What if God desired that you live all your days in a difficult and unloving marriage? What if He asked you to continue pursuing in love a spouse who is unfaithful and who does not love you in return? Or … Continue reading

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The Great Exchange

It’s coming to be called Cultural Christianity. Although my pastoral battles with it are relatively recent, it is not a new phenomenon. William Wilberforce battled it, and wrote an excellent treaties against that “prevailing religious system,” masking itself as “real Christianity” in 19th century England. Besides not … Continue reading

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God in Our Lives

Speaking with a pastor friend the other day, it seems we shared the same frustration. Trying to communicate the God of the bible to people is never easy, but we seemed to be having a particularly difficult time getting people … Continue reading

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