The past few weeks have been witness to the loss of some giants of the faith in my life. We lost another one recently. I don’t know exactly when, but I just heard yesterday that one of my true heroes, Dwight Palmquist, passed away from brain cancer. He died in the Philippines, the country he loved.Continue reading “The loss of heroes in the time of coronavirus”
Part of a hidden belief (or sometimes not so hidden) in American Christianity is that somehow coming to Christ will help some situation get easier. Or better. Or the bad situation will at some point go away. What if the circumstances don’t change? Continue reading “What if the circumstances DON’T change?”
I wish I knew how to format this across all the social media formats so it would like those crazy “click bait” stories that say something like… “What he saw when he opened the door shocked him…” Something like that. Continue reading “What happened when I went to the mosque”
I love Christmas. The stories. The family. The worship. All of it. It moves me deeply. Continue reading “Christmas. Really.”
Scattered thoughts as I get into my last day in Ethiopia and then catch a plane for home:
— I could eat Ethiopian food every day.
— I love teaching in this culture. There is an eagerness to learn and an attention to the value of education I don’t always get to see in my normal context. Continue reading “Final thoughts from Ethiopia”
The first week is finished at Addis Abeba Bible College where I am teaching a two week course on Wisdom Literature.
There are two other American pastors on this trip and one Ethiopian pastor who lives in Dallas. Each are teaching their assigned subjects for these two weeks as well. Continue reading “Thoughts from Ethiopia”
In four days I leave for another teaching trip to Ethiopia. This is my second journey and I can’t wait to be in this beautiful place again.
As soon as I get back (it’s a two week assignment), we dedicated our new building, ministry, and coffee shop in a special Sunday service. Continue reading “4 days to Ethiopia”
I need to brag on my church. This week has been significant for us and I am so deeply thankful. There is also a moment where there is a sense of celebration, and this moment being a time when we can celebrate and get ready for some BIG things ahead.
I reflect on this week on our church blog (HERE).
Please take the time to read.
Today’s reading for MULTIPLY discipleship is Romans 12. This passage fits perfectly following a very powerful day at our church. We had a great missions service in the morning with a packed out house. It’s Missions Emphasis, so it’s always exciting to hear what God is doing in the toughest places of the world.
We had a Prayer and Praise night last night that focused specifically on missions. Local and global, we had 90 minutes of powerful intercession.
This morning, I see this passage to read and hear these words from the Spirit: “Lock it in. You’ve broken through in some significant areas. The enemy is alerted and ready to lash back. Lock it in.”
Live transformed thinking this week. Live in a way that keeps our eyes UP, alert to what the enemy is doing… and attack more. Don’t let up.
I then saw this C.S. Lewis quote passed along by a friend on Facebook:
” In religion, as in war and everything else, comfort is the one thing you cannot get by looking for it. If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth — only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair.” – C. S. Lewis
Pray with an alert spirit this week!