The difficulty of discipleship

John 6 is at once one of my favorite chapters to chew on… and the most frustrating chapter to read. It is the deep call to discipleship and full participation in Christ.

This is the place where Jesus drives a crowd AWAY. In our world, that’s utter foolishness. We are so thirsty for big crowds! We celebrate big crowds! And Jesus is here thinning things out! Continue reading “The difficulty of discipleship”

The abundance of his presence

Yesterday was a travel day for us, so I wasn’t able to post readings for Saturday.

Saturday readings:

Psalm 87, 90, 136
Gen. 47:27-48:7
1 Cor. 10:1-13
Mark 7:1-23

Sunday’s readings:

Ps. 66, 67, 19, 46
Gen. 48:8-22
Rom. 8:11-25
John 6:27-40

While I know it’s a need in my life to slow down when I read, it doesn’t happen enough. I slow down when reading Scripture, but when I read other books I hustle through too quickly. Continue reading “The abundance of his presence”

Why bother?

Here are the BIG questions I am tackling this week as I prepare for Sunday’s message:

Why are you in church?
Why are you calling yourself a Christian?
Why do you claim to follow Christ?

John 6 will be my text. As we continue in our MULTIPLY series, and then with that look toward Lent, these are HUGE questions Jesus has for those who “follow” him.

Stay tuned…