Christian Decision Making: A Lesson from Disney

Despite the title of this post, I really do try to avoid taking spiritual lessons from Disney movies but I’ll make an exception for this one. In Disney’s The Lion King, the climactic moment comes as Simba is confronted by a choice: continue to run from his responsibility as the rightful king or return toContinue reading “Christian Decision Making: A Lesson from Disney”

Matthew 7:1 (“Judge Not”) Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means

What is the most quoted Scripture? John 3:16? Romans 8:28? Nope. Through a process of entirely unscientific observation, I have concluded that the single most quoted verse is Matthew 7:1. Or should I say, partially quoted? Maybe misquoted? “Judge not” You can hear it quoted everywhere, from a hipster coffee shop in Portland to aContinue reading “Matthew 7:1 (“Judge Not”) Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means”

No, Your Church Doesn’t Need “Visionary Leadership” – Proverbs 29:18

If you’ve read any leadership material in your lifetime, chances are you’ve come across references to a mythical creature: The Visionary Leader I say “mythical” because the descriptions of this rare and wonderful being depict a creature that is undoubtedly too magnificent for our plain-Jane reality: “Visionary leaders are the builders of a new dawn,Continue reading “No, Your Church Doesn’t Need “Visionary Leadership” – Proverbs 29:18″

Jesus’ Resurrection Changes Everything

I love reading through the Gospels because every time I do, I am reminded that Jesus changes everything. He changes our expectations of who God can use by having a family tree that would make most mobsters blush. He changes how we look at power and ethics and responsibility. He heals, he cleanses, he teaches.Continue reading “Jesus’ Resurrection Changes Everything”

Sit and Savor the Word of God

I have spent the past week sitting in a classroom studying the book of Philippians.  Five days.  9-5 each day. Listening to lectures. Honestly, I didn’t want to take the class. Not because I hate school or because I hate Philippians or because I’m unaware of what a privilege it is to study, but becauseContinue reading “Sit and Savor the Word of God”

3 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

About two weeks ago it started happening. First one, then another, then a flood. Article after article, listicle after listicle, all written to “keep Christ in Christmas.” Christian leaders, click-baitey bloggers, and Facebook aficionados all lamenting the paganization of the Christmas season. Seven Scriptures to Read at Christmas Five Gifts that Remind Your Kids aboutContinue reading “3 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas”

Matthew 18: Humility, Forgiveness, and the Church

Jesus spent a lot of his time on earth highlighting the differences between the kingdom of heaven and the kingdoms of the earth. In Matthew 17 & 18, Jesus gives us a foretaste, a glimpse of what the kingdom of heaven will look like after he ascends and the Holy Spirit comes. In other words,Continue reading “Matthew 18: Humility, Forgiveness, and the Church”

7 Key Practices of a Sending Church

The list of those who have left home and hearth to represent Christ away from the land of their birth is long: William Carey, Adoniram Judson, Lottie Moon, and many others. The places that they served are etched in the evangelical memory as well: India, Burma, China, and all others. The tradition is a greatContinue reading “7 Key Practices of a Sending Church”

Thy Kingdom Come: The Son of Man and the Kingdom of Heaven

Matthew 16:28: “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” This verse has confused many a Christian, myself included, throughout the years. Jesus is speaking to his disciples immediately after Peter confesses him to be the Christ,Continue reading “Thy Kingdom Come: The Son of Man and the Kingdom of Heaven”

The Cost of Confessing Christ

Everything about Jesus inspired curiosity. Everyone had questions: “Where did he come from?” “How can he teach like that?” “How can he heal like that?” “How can he talk to the Pharisees like that.” The question that everyone wanted an answer for was, “Who is this guy?” Jesus puts the question to his disciples inContinue reading “The Cost of Confessing Christ”