Things I Heard In Church: Where The Dishonest Manager Placed His Bet

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Jesus tells the story of this manger who was about to be judged by his master, his boss, because he was wasting his master’s possessions.

The master calls him in and says, “What’s this I hear about you? Turn in your stuff. You can no longer be my manager.”

And the manager Continue reading

What It Takes To Be Glad About Jesus: John 6:16-21

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In our last post from the book of John we left off with Jesus withdrawing into the mountains to escape the crowd of 5,000 who wanted to make him king by force, after he fed them. And around this time, Jesus tells his disciples to take a boat to Capernaum. So that’s what happens. Jesus heads to the mountain and the disciples jump into a boat and start to row across the Sea of Galilee toward Capernaum. I don’t know if you’ve ever rowed a boat before, but if you have you know Continue reading

Orlando Shooting: The Hard Part Most Are Missing

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Emergency vehicles on scene at the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando

I just want to share a few thoughts on the Orlando Shooting. Thought number three in particular is the most difficult and it applies to you, and to me.

1) It’s a horrible tragedy. This was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Fifty died, and fifty-three were injured. My heart breaks for the victims and their families. They’re in my prayers and I hope they’re in your prayers too.

2) We need to guard against acts of terror in the most sensible and effective way possible. This is where everybody wants to go when they discuss the Orlando tragedy. This is the part that’s most popular in the media and in the blogosphere. I have my own opinions, but the purpose of this blog isn’t to offer up the actions I believe we should take to prevent attacks like this one. The purpose of this blog post is to focus on something more difficult.

3) The hard part, the most difficult thing we need to guard against, is this: Continue reading

Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: I Drive A 1998 Lincoln Continental With A Torn Headliner

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Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: I drive a 1998 Lincoln Continental with a torn headliner–and I like it.

And here’s why… Continue reading

What To Do When You Have Little To Offer: John 6:1-13

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After the healing on the Sabbath at the pool of Bethesda, and after Jesus’ amazing and elegant response to the hatred of the Pharisees, Jesus heads to the other side of the Sea of Galilee where he sits down with his disciples. And because of the miracles he was performing, a large crowd follows him. Continue reading

2 Approaches That Attract 2 Different Kinds Of People, My Way and Jesus’ Way: Things I Heard In Church

(Let me just say right off the top, this is for me as much as (or more than) it is for anyone else.) From Matt Bowen’s excellent teaching: 05/22/2016, Sheep and Coins, Luke 15:1-10.

“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, ‘This man receives sinners and eats with them.'” (Luke 15:1-2)

Who’s drawing near to Jesus?

“Who’s drawing near to Jesus?” That question causes me to take pause, and to ask, “Who’s drawing near to me?” It’s a good question to ask because if sinners are attracted to me as they are to Jesus, then I’m more conformed to his likeness. But if sinners avoid me…

Here are two different approaches to relationships that explain the why behind what kind of people are attracted to you, and to me. Continue reading

The Kingdom Of God Is Like A Football Team by Brant Hansen

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Brant tells his story better than I ever could. Watch the full video here: The Kingdom of God is Like a Football Team

An Unlikely Coach

When they asked Brant Hansen to Continue reading