Am I willing to be “Exhibit A?”

Transformation of the heart, soul, and mind isn’t done in a vacuum. This isn’t a “me and Jesus” effort. This is a BODY OF CHRIST effort. We need to surrender our ideals about “rugged individualism” and see the benefit of the Body of Christ. Walking in true transformation means I need to be willing toContinue reading “Am I willing to be “Exhibit A?””

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.”

The call of discipleship

I am reading Transforming Discipleship: Making disciples a few at a time by Greg Ogden. We have been developing this thought for training leaders in our church. We want intentional leadership not mass produced in a classroom. Small groups and one on one develop disciples in a stronger way. But it is a decision toContinue reading “The call of discipleship”

To “live dead” is to walk in new life

Philipp Jakob Spener was a great Lutheran pietist. He followed on the heels of Luther’s Reformation and fully believed in the education of the Christian. It is important to be taught the way of Christ. People can be trained to respond to the gospel. Wilhoit’s book, Spiritual Formation as If the Church Mattered, gives a synopsis of Spener’s philosophy.Continue reading “To “live dead” is to walk in new life”

Can we “break” prayer?

I am in and out of a book by James C. Wihoit called, Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered: Growing in Christ through Community.  He gives some challenging thoughts on prayer that are good reminders for me. Prayer is an experiment in partnership with God. Prayer is such a powerful tool that I needContinue reading “Can we “break” prayer?”

The shallowness of our thinking

We don’t hear modern versions of this too often: Then go, plunge yourself in the Godhead’s deepest sea; be lost in his immensity; and you shall come forth as from a couch of rest, refreshed and invigorated. I know nothing which can so comfort the soul; so calm the swelling billows of sorrow and grief;Continue reading “The shallowness of our thinking”

We need a thirst to KNOW God

There are those places, those authors, that continually take my breath away. I can’t hustle through their work. I am beginning the slow journey through the classic Knowing God by J.I. Packer. Third page in: Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfold, as it were, with no senseContinue reading “We need a thirst to KNOW God”

Goals are dreams with deadlines — um, no

  It’s a very Western saying. We tend to not like dreamers. Dreamers don’t get anything done. They sit around and, well, dream. We can’t wait that long! We need a PLAN! Dreams in the Bible were different. For Abraham, he had a dream. If he had put a deadline on it, he would haveContinue reading “Goals are dreams with deadlines — um, no”

What is the harvest of my life?

The fruit of the Spirit is what we are harvesting in our lives. What am I harvesting in my own life? If I love Jesus, why do I still battle the very familiar evidence of life in the flesh (sinful nature) at times? It is a matter of what we are feeding. What I think we battle sometimes isContinue reading “What is the harvest of my life?”

Being busy is not being hurried

In Soul Keeping, Ortberg points out what we already know: we’re busy. Being busy is not the same as being hurried. Being hurried is much more harmful. You don’t always want to be busy, but you really don’t want to be hurried. Busy We have a full schedule There are many activities It’s an outward conditionContinue reading “Being busy is not being hurried”