Let us be willing to die for something different

I want to know the feeling of “dying” for something different. By that I mean having a desperation for something that is just more. A place where I get beyond the internet fascinations of whatever is being discussed in the moment… and the tirades… to the possible. Not the possible of what can be doneContinue reading “Let us be willing to die for something different”

Paper or… digital?

A recent BibleGateway poll found that people still like taking a physical Bible to church. Overwhelmingly. I haven’t found that percentage to be SO high in our church. There are a good number of people using their phones or tablets now. But we still have a majority using physical Bibles. While I am getting moreContinue reading “Paper or… digital?”

The deepest seat of our deepest emotions

When our “hearts” (which is our English way of describing an ancient concept of the “deepest seat of our deepest emotions”) belong to Christ, there is such wonderful, beautiful change. Paul describes it in Colossians 3:12-17. When Christ rules the deepest seat of my deepest emotions, anger is shoved away and love takes its place.Continue reading “The deepest seat of our deepest emotions”

When we don’t trust the unity that is in Christ

When we don’t trust the unity that is in Christ, we default into manipulation. We manipulate through legalism or hyper-spirituality. We need to trust the One in whom all things hold together. 16 So don’t let anyone judge you about eating or drinking or about a festival, a new moon observance, or sabbaths. 17 These religious practicesContinue reading “When we don’t trust the unity that is in Christ”

Black Friday, Good Friday, and Anticipation

Tons of deals to be had on Black Friday… which has successfully leaked (in the view of retailers, anyway) into Thanksgiving. I’m not here to mourn the loss of Thanksgiving. We’re a culture bent on compulsive actions and I’m not going to cure that in one season… or twenty. We want to shop for goodContinue reading “Black Friday, Good Friday, and Anticipation”

Dreaming about what IS possible

2 In the days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house will be the highest of the mountains. It will be lifted above the hills; peoples will stream to it. 3 Many nations will go and say, “Come, let’s go up to the Lord’s mountain, to the house of Jacob’s God so that he may teach us hisContinue reading “Dreaming about what IS possible”

Ancient Paths are So Cutting Edge

The Lord proclaims:Stop at the crossroads and look around;    ask for the ancient paths.    Where is the good way?Then walk in it    and find a resting place for yourselves.        But you said, “We won’t go!” (Jer. 6:16) Ancient paths really aren’t so “cutting edge.” It’s the invitation of God. When someone under 40 mentions them, then they seem so “cutting edge,” but the realizationContinue reading “Ancient Paths are So Cutting Edge”