Yesterday, I began a new sermon series on biblical hospitality. I showed how hospitality is embedded in God’s story, our story, and our faith. Listen to the Sermon (29:00) All the way back in Genesis 12 with God’s call to Abram, we see God extending hospitality to His people. One of the identifying markers of [...]
The Scriptures call us to be hospitable. Jesus – the epitome of a hospitable God – calls us to be hospitable. But what does this mean? Is it merely what one pastor suggested when he called his people to give up the right of way on a narrow road, to bring a cup of coffee [...]
Riding a motorcycle when it’s 100 degrees outside is only fun if you don’t have to stop. Stopping at a stop light on a blistering asphalt street surrounded by a city bus and school bus is not fun at all. The Southern Baptists have converged on Houston this week for their annual convention. An anonymous [...]
Are you a traitor? Hope not. Are you a trader? Hope so.
Here are the two videos I showed last Sunday at church. God is a sending God, and He sends ALL who are His to proclaim the good news of His kingdom to the world.
To be in exile is to be removed from your home and not allowed back. It’s a horrible punishment, but one that is not very common in U.S. However, in other parts of the world, it’s much more common. Here are some recent headlines I recently came across that mentioned exile: Afghan Christians live in [...]
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I used to live in Dayton, OH where I served as a youth pastor for five years. In the winter, Dayton is a very cold place to be, and that’s why this story caught my attention. Ryan Riddell is the pastor of Shelter Community Church of the Nazarene in Dayton, and he’s concerned about the [...]
I thought my church was pretty cutting-edge when we had a dance-floor custom built for all of the wedding receptions we host. But, it looks like this church does its fair share of dancing too. Sure hope the screen covering this sign is secure. Wouldn’t want the “n” to be replaced with a “v”. That [...]
Currently, my church is involved in a study of Jesus’ words from His “Sermon on the Mount.” Along with Jesse Harden, my friend and associate, we’re preaching through it each Sunday. Then following each sermon, along with Andrew Streett, my friend and our new Director of Missional Living, we’re discussing each sermon in more detail [...]
Missional. It’s a new word in many churches today, but it’s not a new concept at all. As a matter of fact, God’s call on His people to live missional lives is as old as the book of Genesis. Simply put, to be missional means to join with God in His redemptive mission. And a [...]
Leadership Network’s Eric Swanson has identified Eight Trends That Will Shape the Future of Global Missions. They are: 1. Mutuality—The future of missions will be shaped by mutuality between East and West, North and South, sending and receiving nations. Churches worldwide are learning to come together. 2. Partnering—Different than mutuality, partnering pertains to projects that [...]
I love Tony Campolo. Always have. I know that there are some Christians who don’t share my love for him, but I love him because he not only preaches the true, radical gospel of Christ. He lives it. So, when he speaks, I listen. Recently, I came across this article he wrote for the Huffington [...]