The manipulation of living “FOR” God

The book, With, by Skye Jethani is deeply challenging. As I read I realized the deep flaws in my thinking and living because I have this deep urge to “feel bad” and wish I could go back and start over. That arises from my warped view of how to live “for” God. The point isContinue reading “The manipulation of living “FOR” God”

Our ways of manipulating God

I am working my way through Skye Jethani’s book, With. It is a look into ways we manipulate God and the call to live life WITH God rather than in other ways that manipulate God’s response… or at least TRY to manipulate a response. We don’t even know it’s manipulation. Yet, we live life exhaustedContinue reading “Our ways of manipulating God”

The need of the hour

The need of the hour is the reality of the Kingdom of God. We need disciples who are bathed in the power of the Kingdom who then live out that power. They are ones taught by Jesus and the world can see it in their character, their words, and their actions. Live in resurrection power.Continue reading “The need of the hour”

What is a spiritual practice?

Too often a “spiritual practice” may be assumed to be something “private” or “personal.” This was not the view of OT Israel, or God’s covenant. John Goldingay has an interesting insight: People in Jerusalem were particularly interested in the spiritual practice of fasting and were puzzled as to why it didn’t work. It’s obvious whyContinue reading “What is a spiritual practice?”

The deep need of American Christianity

I grew up Pentecostal. I grew up learning a history of “revivals” and revival movements in North America. What is needed in the white American church today isn’t “revival.” It’s never been “revival.” The need is discipleship. It is to know what it’s like to live out the Sermon on the Mount as we liveContinue reading “The deep need of American Christianity”

Post Number 5,000 — Greatest Discipleship Lessons

As I approached this number, I began to reflect on discipleship lessons learned over the years. I’ve posted about a lot of things, and my most popular post by far was one on the use of cell phones in the bathroom about 12 years ago, my main reason for beginning this blog was to learnContinue reading “Post Number 5,000 — Greatest Discipleship Lessons”

The greatest discipleship lessons, pt. 4

I am at post 4,999 on this blog. As I reflect on why I began this blog, I am also walking through John 13-17 in my reading and it gives me a wonderful opportunity to reflect on those great lessons of discipleship. This is why I started this blog: to learn more about spiritual formationContinue reading “The greatest discipleship lessons, pt. 4”