Thoughts to drive us – Better resolutions than yours

Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake. Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week. 1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoeverContinue reading “Thoughts to drive us – Better resolutions than yours”

Gospel Outside – Don’t Lie To Yourself

While the gospels are the easiest place to see the person and work of Jesus Christ, the entirety of the scriptures share the gospel story. Gospel Outside will highlight a part of the gospel seen outside of the 4 Gospels of the New Testament. Have you ever had a problem but just wanted to pretend itContinue reading “Gospel Outside – Don’t Lie To Yourself”

My Response To Critics: Hey guys, I’m a false teacher!

So I think this is my final comments on the past conflicts we have seen in our push towards unity among Christians in my community. Unless it isn’t. So anyways, this lesson comes to us from a letter to the editor responding to my “Unite around the Bible” article that was published by the localContinue reading “My Response To Critics: Hey guys, I’m a false teacher!”

My Respone To Critics: Unity and getting over yourself

Unity seems like a good idea, right? Most people I’ve talked to, including some who do not regularly attend church, think the idea of churches working together to share God’ love to those who need it is a good thing. For most it is, as my mother would say, a “No Duh!” kind of thing.Continue reading “My Respone To Critics: Unity and getting over yourself”

You can’t spell ‘Unity’ without ‘U’…and some other stuff

It is now over 9 months since I began my push towards a more unified community of faith in and around Martin County, MN. The early months were spent in preparation and vision-casting among some trusted ministry leaders. That push was followed by a concerted effort to spread the word, especially focused on our countyContinue reading “You can’t spell ‘Unity’ without ‘U’…and some other stuff”

Rewind: HOPEless

In 2011, my wife Charmaine and I spent over two weeks in Thailand, meeting with refugees and pastors, learning more about the Karen people group and about international missions work with our friend Joanna, a missionary that we support. We came back in the middle of July and, 4 days later, I took a groupContinue reading “Rewind: HOPEless”

“Crazy Love” – Francis Chan

I grew up believing in God without having a clue what He is like. I called myself a Christian, was pretty involved in church, and tried to stay away from all the things that “good Christians” avoid-drinking, drugs, sex, swearing. Christianity was simple: fight your desires in order to please God. Whenever I failed (whichContinue reading ““Crazy Love” – Francis Chan”

Bring It

When you get excited about something – I mean really excited about something – what do you do? Do you sit back, hide it, and try not to let anyone know about it? I suppose if it’s something embarrassing you might hide it. I know I didn’t let too many people know when I watchedContinue reading “Bring It”

“Explicit Gospel” – Matt Chandler

For some reason – namely, our depravity – we have a tendency to think that the cross saves us from past sin, but after we are saved, we have to take over and clean ourselves up. This sort of thinking is devastating to the soul. We call this the “assumed gospel,” and it flourishes whenContinue reading ““Explicit Gospel” – Matt Chandler”