Jesus is not your servant

Live Dead Joy is not your typical “devotional.” You can read it every day, but you’ll end up on your face repenting every day. It’s not what you think of as “devotional.” But it IS necessary. Example from today: It is somewhat ludicrous to call Jesus a servant-king. The danger in reducing Jesus to thisContinue reading “Jesus is not your servant”

Transformational thinking starts with suffering. Really.

Picking up N T Wright’s book, After You Believe, is a tremendous bonus as I work through these texts on “live dead” for my messages on Sunday. Wright does not pull any punches. He examines the New Testament texts thoroughly. While a lot of his writing sounds a lot like the old “Kingdom Now” theology,Continue reading “Transformational thinking starts with suffering. Really.”

It’s hard to kill a dead man

I’ve met several missionaries who are part of the “Live Dead” teams being raised up to go into the hardest places of the world. They have been to my church. I’ve sat with them at lunch. They are incredibly determined people. Meeting one in context is somehow a very different story. Sitting in another country,Continue reading “It’s hard to kill a dead man”

Living Dead Brings New Life

24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must followContinue reading “Living Dead Brings New Life”

Live Dead Challenge: Good News isn’t “Self Help”

We are just into a series on “LIVE DEAD” at our church. This week’s reflection is on Romans 12. Next Sunday we reflect on Romans 13:8-14.  The process of “LIVE DEAD” begins with Paul’s urging in Romans 12: So, brothers and sisters, because of God’s mercies, I encourage you to present your bodies as aContinue reading “Live Dead Challenge: Good News isn’t “Self Help””


Through the fall I will be preaching through a series called “LIVE DEAD.”  Live Dead is a call to missions in our movement, but I also believe it is a call our church needs to hear as well. As we move through the fall, these are the texts we will reflect on and the datesContinue reading “LIVE DEAD SCRIPTURE”

Living Dead isn’t just for young adults

I was in a pastors meeting today being introduced to a missionary with an incredible story. He and his wife are giving their lives to missions work in Asia. Both were previously married, their children are adults, they weren’t saved until just a few years ago, but in that time they kept in motion whenContinue reading “Living Dead isn’t just for young adults”