Stirring our passions

Our Wednesday night Bible study has been going through a series on Philippians, listening to a teaching from Matt Chandler. It is an incredible series. Last night was on Philippians 3 and the issue of what stirs our affections. Our hearts were so stirred as we thought of the things that God uses in ourContinue reading “Stirring our passions”

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”

To rejoice in the Lord

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. (Phil 4:4) Rejoicing is not always a frantic shout-fest, trying to spin up frothing emotion. It is a state of deep content. Deep joy doesn’t have to shout. Last night I took my wife to one of our favorite restaurants and we shared a fabulousContinue reading “To rejoice in the Lord”

The Elusive Position of Contentment

12 I know the experience of being in need and of having more than enough; I have learned the secret to being content in any and every circumstance, whether full or hungry or whether having plenty or being poor. 13 I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:12-13,Continue reading “The Elusive Position of Contentment”

The Challenge of Servanthood in an Age of Self-Branding

The text for next Sunday is Philippians 2:1-13. I find these words incredibly challenging in an age where self-branding and marketing is so dominant. 1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2Continue reading “The Challenge of Servanthood in an Age of Self-Branding”

Apprehended by God

My teaching has focused on the Book of Acts and Philippians due to my teaching schedule at college and my ministry at the church. This week I brought together Saul’s conversion and the beautiful passage out of Philippians 3 where Paul cries out: “I want to know Christ!” I will not do justice to theContinue reading “Apprehended by God”

The Holy Pursuit

One of the great privileges of teaching the Word is my need to be immersed in the Word. Currently I am teaching classes on Prison Epistles and Acts, along with a New Testament survey. Acts and the Prison Epistles keep me constantly immersed in the Word for class teaching. Through that immersion I find myContinue reading “The Holy Pursuit”