“Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.” (1 Peter 3:7, ESV) “To take time to develop and maintain a good marriage is God’s will; … Continue reading Essentials for Headship
Kim and I owned our own house while we lived in Arizona. Mesquite trees are popular there, probably because when fully grown they offer much needed shade from the brutal sun overhead. Our house had a couple of mesquites – one up front and two out back. Arizona is known for its very hot weather. … Continue reading Like a Tree
Recently, I got a text message from a young person I know which contained a number of good though tough questions. One in particular was about Jesus dying on the cross: why did He have to die? Why doesn't God just pardon sins? After all, He’s God! Much ink has been devoted to the question … Continue reading The Necessity of Atonement
For about 400 years, the place of worship for the Israelites was a tent. Perhaps it is better known as the Tabernacle. Throughout their wilderness trek, during the infancy of their existence as a nation, and during the reign of two of their kings, Israel called a tent their place of worship. Only when Solomon … Continue reading The Lord is in His Holy Temple
Church growth guru Thom Rainer wrote an article this week entitled, “Urgent Church: Nine Changes We Must Make or Die.” During our weekly staff meeting we discussed it in the context of us – How are we doing in regards to this list? As we discussed it, I kept looking the list over and noticed … Continue reading Nine Values for Pursuing Congregational Life
“Well, if they would just get out of their comfort zone.” “I just need to get out of my comfort zone.” "Let’s work to get out of our comfort zones.” Where in the world did the idea of “comfort zone” come from? I can tell you where it did not come from: the Bible. No … Continue reading Comfort Zone
When I was young, my dad taught my sister and me a little Spanish. Not a lot, but things like counting to twenty, how to say "milk," "spoon," and other household items. One thing we learned to say after a meal was, “ya acabe gracias a Dios.” I still don’t know exactly what it means … Continue reading Con Hambre Comes Todo
I can remember as a kid that Valentine’s Day was always exciting and fun because we would tape paper bags to our desks and exchange Valentine’s Day cards. I was always hopeful for that card which read “Secret Admirer.” However, the older I get, the less I enjoy some holidays. Valentine’s Day is one of … Continue reading Valentine’s Day
Perhaps you’ve seen the bumper stickers or tee-shirts: “It’s not a religion, it’s a relationship.” You may have seen the viral YouTube video of Jefferson Bethke, a 20-something year old member of the Mars Hill Church in St. Auburn, Washington, in which he, in poetic fashion, explains why he hates religion but loves Jesus. I … Continue reading Love Jesus, Hate Religion?
You have probably heard of the legendary Fountain of Youth – a spring of water that restores youth to the aged. Apparently, in the 16th century, this legend was all the rage and a conquistador named Juan Ponce de Leon launched an expedition in search of this fountain. Although he was one of the first … Continue reading The Fountain of Youth Discovered!