I’ve spent the last 4 years in flux and transition. I had been in ministry all my adult life and even in that role I was always in flux. Urban ministry was my context and the shifts I had in how I view ministry and being the Body of Christ in that context was aContinue reading “My goal for 2022: Create more mess”
“Whatever version of Christianity we way we’re over is not the true Christian faith. I still long for a place where God reigns, and I still need the Spirit’s power.” — Mandy Smith, Unfettered
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (Rom. 8:26)
In this moment… this “kairos” moment… let us not shrink back. Let us be renewed in the Holy Spirit. Let us be filled with the Spirit in this time. Let us be anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Body of Christ for this time. Pour your Spirit out on your Church and let usContinue reading “A prayer for this time”
There are phrases that capture my imagination from time to time in my reading. This one takes my breath away this morning: “…we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire.” — Deuteronomy 5:24
Yesterday I was in prayer for the American Church. I had read in Mark 11 about Jesus cursing the fig tree and cleansing the Temple, and I was grieved for the Church once again.
I have no sense of imagination. I will miss Eugene Peterson. Peterson saw pastors moving from church to church, often in exhaustion, and identified the problem—a sense of pastor as program director for a church that often viewed the gospel as a way to success, or at least avoidance of suffering. His answer was aContinue reading “We have lost imagination in ministry”
I have finished my little project in Acts and am now making my way through Ephesians. This small letter has played such a massive role in my life in the past 20 plus years, it is a joy to walk through these passages again. I simply can’t grasp the majesty and wonder of what PaulContinue reading “Mind-blowing realities of the Kingdom of God”
I have mentioned the project I am on currently. The Lord has me working my way through Acts again, jotting notes on what I have learned in life and ministry and study over 30 years of this wonderful journey through the Bible. Acts has had such significance in my life in leading me in ministryContinue reading “The profound joy of being IN the Word”
In Acts 19, Paul finds a handful of people following Jesus and much as they know how to follow at that point in time. He then completes the story for them, baptizes them, and then they are filled with the Spirit. Verse 7 is notable: There were about twelve men in all.