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Apr 6, 2022. Baptism means many things to the Church in the West. For some, it is outwardly demonstrating the inward cleansing of salvation. For others it means they have decided to follow Jesus and become a Christian. And for still others it means they are joining a denomination, or a church. While scripture gives[…]

March 24, 2022. Some people have embraced the idea that if something comes easy, it is proof of God’s will. And conversely, if something requires hard steps, mis-steps and re-steps, then it is evidence we are forcing our will upon God’s will. This is not a supported theology for life or leadership. #JesusStories: Jesus commonly[…]

March 16, 2022. Humans are tentative by nature. I supposed that is the reason we are referred to as being sheep-like in scripture. While there is merit to being thoughtful, Christianity needs simple and bold follower-ship  too. #JesusStory: Mark 8 tells of a time when some Pharisees started arguing with Jesus, and wanted him to[…]

March 2, 2022. We live in a rational-based part of the world. Accordingly, things that are too spiritual make most people uncomfortable. Many in the West have unwittingly embraced the Richard Dawkins mantra that all spiritual beliefs are primitive myths that have been made up to explain the unexplainable, but civilization has now outgrown the[…]

Feb 24, 2022 This Reformation Era has adopted a definition of discipleship that assumes infusing the full scriptures, Genesis to Revelation, into the minds of Christians. And as wonderful as that is, it is not what Jesus actually told us to do. #JesusStories: During the ascension, Jesus left the Great Commission ringing in our ears[…]

Feb 17, 2022. A theologian once said, “Modernism has not been particularly kind to Christianity.” Themes like the mystery of God has been forced into rational and logical constructs, which has not fit well. Another theme that has been underserved in this Reformation Era has been the nature of sin. #JesusStories: In Mark 7 the[…]

Feb 2, 2022. Some Christians say they are submitted to God’s will. And that can be mark of maturity to be sure, but it can also be a cop out. We are in a relationship with Jesus, so believe it or not he wants to hear what we think and feel and want. #JesusStories: Do[…]

Jan. 26, 2022. How open are you to new ideas? Similarly, how open are you to the unexplainable ways of Jesus when they happen? I find I’m quite open to new ideas, but struggle to hold the mysterious decisions of heaven at times. #JesusStories: Mark 6 records Jesus walking on the water. The back story[…]

Jan 20, 2022. Every once in a while we are faced with an unusually big task. When this happens to me, my adrenalin starts pumping, my sleep becomes shallow, my mind starts breaking down the project into tasks so much so that I become aloof to everything and everyone around me. Grief! Please tell me[…]

Jan 12 2022. I do not like limitations being placed on my efforts. I’m sure you don’t either. And yet there are times when it happens in ministry. We have all bumped up against financial limitations that have stalled our leadership visions. Beyond that, there is the ongoing challenge of getting the people around us[…]