Book Review: Messy Grace

Many, may years ago when I was still young, I felt I was being led to be the preacher of a certain church. I began going through all the motions–sending a resume, sample sermon, meeting families and members of the church, preaching trial sermon(s), and finally submitting to a vote of the congregation. During the… Continue reading Book Review: Messy Grace

Lectionary Notes Acts 8:26-40

Here is my third installment of this week’s lectionary notes. These notes are from Acts 8:26-40. It is a short set of notes primarily because I won’t be preaching from this text this week. Still, there’s 8 pages and plenty of references and a couple of outlines. Resources include Rob Bell, Roy Clements, Aijith Fernando,… Continue reading Lectionary Notes Acts 8:26-40

Talking to God about People, and to People about God: Podcast #6

Friends, Here is my latest podcast. I have been on break because we have had some issues with our audio equipment, but I think we (the Church) are on track now. Anyhow, the sound quality is a little rough (one aspect I haven’t worked out just yet), but it’s clean enough that you can get… Continue reading Talking to God about People, and to People about God: Podcast #6

Jews Need Jesus; Africans…Purpose!

Friends, I’m not going to say much about this. I just happen to find it profoundly ironic. Christian Post has two stories on its front page. The link-lines appear in the following order and with the following words: Rick Warren Launches ‘Purpose Driven’ Plan in Uganda Evangelical Leaders: Jews Need Jesus Christ So, Jews need… Continue reading Jews Need Jesus; Africans…Purpose!

Strippers for Jesus!

Friends, Here’s a fun story. Not only are there strippers for Jesus, but now they are making a movie about them. Here’s a glimpse: The documentary, “The Pussycat Preacher,” which was released Friday, follows ex-stripper Heather Veitch as she struggles to start a ministry for women in the sex industry. The film chronicles the formation… Continue reading Strippers for Jesus!

Islamic Evangelism

Friends, Many of the criticisms that have been leveled against some things I have said have revolved around the notion that Christians are simply closed minded and intolerant because we ‘won’t listen to atheists’ and try to ‘understand their point of view’ (which is really no point of view at all since they don’t believe… Continue reading Islamic Evangelism

90 Days With Jesus, Day 16: John 4:39-42: The Savior of the World

John 4:39-42 39Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41And because of his words many more became believers. 42They said to… Continue reading 90 Days With Jesus, Day 16: John 4:39-42: The Savior of the World

90 Days with Jesus, Day 15: John 4:27-38: The Food of God

John 4:27-38  27Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?”  28Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29“Come, see a man who told… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 15: John 4:27-38: The Food of God

90 Days with Jesus, Day 13: John 4:1-10: Jesus Talks With…Anyone

John 4:1-10 1The Pharisees heard that Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, 2although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 3When the Lord learned of this, he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. 4Now he had to go through Samaria. 5So he came to a… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 13: John 4:1-10: Jesus Talks With…Anyone