Notes from the wilderness

I am working my way through Ezekiel as the Lord stirs in my heart more about “Living in Babylon.” This was a sermon series I did in 2016, but I left a lot unexplored. The Lord is bringing this back around to me and in this season as I form extended thoughts on this subject, I am being drawn to the vivid imagination of Ezekiel. (Thank you, Eugene Peterson.) Continue reading “Notes from the wilderness”

What the wilderness teaches us

The men’s Bible study I am a part of at my church is going through the Gospel of Matthew. We’re just getting started so I was reflecting on Matthew 3 this week. John the Baptist comes along and Matthew identifies him as the one crying out in the wilderness.

As we were discussing this Isaiah passage where Matthew draws from to identify John, I thought about the use of the wilderness throughout Scripture. Continue reading “What the wilderness teaches us”

The challenge of allegiance

Our current series at Heights Church is “Living in Babylon.”

There are some reflections I have on the Book of Daniel that won’t make it into a Sunday sermon.

Here are some basic thoughts from Daniel 3 I posted our church site. 

Our most severe tests come when we don’t recognize the idol right in front of us and everyone bowing seems like the “patriotic” thing to do. I don’t refer to just our own time. I give the illustration of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Germany as well. He faced tough decisions concerning allegiance and paid the ultimate price for it.

There is a testing that will refine us in these days. We need to learn that the heat brings out the best. It’s not meant for our harm.

The days ahead can be the best for the American church. We need our eyes open.

 

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Living in Babylon

We’re beginning a new series this fall at Heights Church called “Living in Babylon.” As we are watching major cultural changes all around us, how do we stay deep in Christ? What are ways we can make adjustments and learn to bless our culture rather than curse the “fall of America?”

This podcast is an interview I did with Missy Hansen, a member of our church. She leads a community Bible study that is studying the Book of Daniel right now and while this interview is longer than my normal podcasts and it is well worth the listen. Take the time to soak this in and begin to process what is ahead for us as the Church in the United States.