Month: March 2015

  • Yelling (bleep) at church and other lessons about gravity

    Yelling (bleep) at church and other lessons about gravity

    We’re all human and sometimes we blurt out words…

  • The secret of Lent

    This week, in small group, we studied Zechariah. It’s an interesting book that tells the story of the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. It goes along with several other books detailing the exile and return. In one section of the book, chapter 7, the story talks about fasting. It asks if the mourning and […]

  • How to reach people

    How to reach people

    Are small groups wearing thin or is your approach the problem?

  • Light in sorrow

    Light in sorrow

    Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us. — Meister Eckhart There is a purpose for everything. Without darkness, there is no light. Without evil, there would be no free will. Without suffering, there would be no spiritual […]

  • Dead leaves and second chances

    Over the last few weeks, the United States has experienced brutal winter conditions. Weather—and climate—works in cycles over long periods of time. On a shorter scale, the weather patterns follow the seasons of the year. It’s been winter here—a long winter—so it has been cold. That’s how it works. As I pay attention to the […]

  • Obadiah, Edom and modern Israel

    Obadiah, Edom and modern Israel

    Last week, I put together a short study on the book of Obadiah. By some accounts, it is the least popular book of the Bible—although that is based on the number of searches on a website. Still, with the exception of Jonah, the 12 prophets or the minor prophets section of the Old Testament tends […]

  • Taking a coffee break (I don’t have a name for this one)

    Yesterday, I wrote a bit about Brand Jesus and commented that Christians, especially in America, have a Christian alternative for so many different things. I know it might bother a few readers, but I don’t think this is Christianity at all. Jesus didn’t tell us to create our own little world and shut ourselves off […]

  • No Christian alternatives

    American Christianity is a brand. In cities all over the country, a Christian can find an alternative product for almost any interest. Anyone can get into their car—with a fish on the back, of course—tune in their Christian radio station, and drive to their Christian gym, Christian coffee shop, Christian bookstore, or Christian restaurant. All […]