I am working my way through “On Fraternity and Social Friendship” by Pope Francis. An early section is an exposition of the parable of the Good Samaritan. It is heart wrenching to read this section in light of what happened a week ago at the Capitol and what is going on today in the HouseContinue reading “We lack serious discipleship”
Category Archives: Discipleship/Spiritual Formation
Unicorns and Puppy Dogs
16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing withContinue reading “Unicorns and Puppy Dogs”
The steep cost of following Jesus
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. (John 6:66) There has to be a willingness to enter in. There has to be a willingness to follow NOT for my own convenience, or because I understand everything fully. I need to follow BECAUSE HE IS LIFE. I trust him,Continue reading “The steep cost of following Jesus”
Self examination in the time of coronavirus
Our New Testament reading for this past Sunday was from Ephesians 5:1-14. I have found this passage to be fundamental in my life. It is a passage that calls me to prayerfully self-examine my spiritual walk.
“If they stop they’ll die…”
A friend recommended the book The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero. It as a book influencing his life so he recommended it to me. I am grateful. There is a chapter on Sabbath in the book that coincided with a podcast I finished on the same day. The podcast is an interview with AContinue reading ““If they stop they’ll die…””
The way to greatness
43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. (Mark 10:43-44) We look for ways to greatness. Christ shows us the way of service.
A gentle rebuke
I have dropped away from social media for a time. Call it a “Holy Spirit timeout.” The rebuke came this morning when I was in a men’s Bible study and we were reading in 2 Timothy 2. This phrase in v. 25 stuck out:
The tone deaf church
My reading today took me through Matthew 20:17-21. It is about disciples who just don’t “get” what discipleship is about. Jesus has just finished talking about his suffering, death, and resurrection and here comes a mom asking about her boys. (As moms tend to do.)
Is Jesus worth following?
One of the great phrases I use from Dallas Willard is this: “There is a cost to following Jesus. There is a cost to not following Jesus.” We need to weigh both costs.
The downside of evangelical American Christianity
My reading has me in Micah for a few days and as I read it I get this picture of Israel that the prophets portray over and over. Israel is “weary” of serving God. They have some sense of obligation, but they are in love with the gods of the age and want to pursueContinue reading “The downside of evangelical American Christianity”