Orchestral Evangelism

I want to post a “guest-blog” from a friend (we’ll call him “G”) who wrote something about his efforts to share the good news of Christ with his brother (we’ll call him “B”).  I thought is was an interesting metaphor.  This is an ongoing effort so tune your instrument and pray! I’d like to share…

Wrath

The first chapter of 1 Thessalonians touches on 3 subjects that are easy to gloss over or avoid all together: the subject of election (i.e. that God chose us before we chose Him), affliction (the Thessalonians are commended for having receiving the word in affliction and remaining faithful even though things were hard), and the…

Living with the End in Sight

When Nancy and I had our children, we used a birth method that capitalized on the human tendency to respond better when the goal is getting tangibly closer while not pronouncing specifics on the progress. I would say, “Honey, just think, we are going to be holding our daughter soon” and “I can see the…

Sacramental

What is a sacrament? An outward representation of an inward reality. Originally, the acts of baptism and communion were understood by the Greek word “musterion”. It is better translated as a secret rather than a mystery.   The idea was something that had once been hidden but was now revealed or known through Jesus Christ. (cf….

Seeing Jesus

Read John 12:20-26 I have often wondered what it would have been like to see Jesus Christ when he walked on the earth as a man. Would I have recognized him as divine? What did he look like and sound like? I wonder if my doubts would be dissolved if I had actually seen him. Immediately…

Who am I?

Answer this question, “Who are you?”     You have 1 minute and can use no more than 150 words. Go! If you did this exercise (or especially if you listened to someone else do it) you soon discover what is revealed is more than simply the sum of the words used. You get a picture…

Look alike

Read Joshua 23:1-13 I have grown to look a lot more like my wife over these past 26 years. Not physically but in manner, tone, what I care about, how I treat others and in a host of other ways. And she has changed to be like me. That’s what happens when you spend lots…

Refuge

Read Joshua 20:1-6 (Also Deuteronomy 19:1-13 and Numbers 35:9-34) As part of the division of the promised land, Joshua fulfilled the commandments that God had given to Moses concerning an institution that needs some explaining: cities of refuge. You can read about cities of refuge in Deuteronomy 19 and Numbers 35. The basic idea is…

They Built a What???

Read Joshua 22 This story is one that is likely unfamiliar to many people, even those who know the Bible quite well. But it shouldn’t be. It is a tremendous lesson for individuals, families and nations on conflict. In Numbers 32 and Joshua 1, we read about 2 full tribes and one half tribe that…

Carry on Caleb

Read Joshua 14:6-15 We read in the preceding chapters that Israel conquers the northern portion of the land and begins the process of divvying up the land among the tribes. The land is divided by lot in order to place completely in God’s hands the decision about which tribe ends up settling where (Josh 14:2)….