Go to church to get hungry. Don’t go to church to get fed? People say this sounds unbiblical. Didn’t Jesus tell Peter, “Feed my sheep”? That’s the point. We first hear this idea in Ezekiel 34 where God was speaking “against the shepherds of Israel” who failed to feed the sheep and instead fed themselves: “The weak you have not strengthened, […]
Some time ago I was speaking with a young couple on the verge of getting married and the subject of my marriage came up. The more I talked about the marriage I have experienced – and the wife I enjoy – the more grateful I became. My final assessment was, I’m so blessed it’s crazy. As I walked away from […]
Some things are worth fighting for. And some things are not. So distinguish between levels of certainty. This will help you differentiate between what is essential and what is controversial. Some things are worth dying for. Some are worth dividing for. Some things are worth debating for. Some are only worthy of deciding for. Be as clear as the Bible […]
“This man eats with sinners.” That was the accusation against Jesus. Because meals have a way of communicating. There’s something about a dinner that puts a person in their place. How fascinating that one of the tools the Pharisees used to put people in their place was to refuse table fellowship. Sharing a meal meant an open hand and a heart of acceptance. To refuse a meal meant censure and a heart of rejection. The Pharisees knew what they were doing. And so did Jesus. He ate with outcasts. He sat with sinners. No strings attached. No wonder they saw the light. What if we recaptured the lost art of a good meal and great conversation? Cell phones on silent and hearts open wide. I bet you know someone that could use a real meal this week. The Bible calls it hospitality. You are welcome. For previous thoughts on hospitality click here
“You are welcome.” Those precious words communicated perfectly my experience in the West African country of Ghana. As an American I am accustomed to traveling to places where it’s clear that I’m not exactly welcome. But not in Ghana. With smiles on their faces and invitations in their hearts, it was a wonderful feeling and an unforgettable time. I was […]
Christians have to get better at communication. We are sense-making creatures, and in the absence of good communication we connect the dots for ourselves. The problem is, ever since the Fall we humans have been pitiful dot-connectors. So communicate. It saddens me to think about relationships that never start because Christian guys don’t choose to communicate their intentions. Or marriages that stagnate because couples stop talking. Or friendships that dissolve because relational misdemeanors become felonies in the absence of communication. Or spiritual orphans who remain Fatherless because no one has enough guts to communicate the gospel. If you’re not going to tell them, people are going to connect the dots for themselves. And that could get ugly. Because dot-connecting is meant to be done in community. So communicate. In Proverbs 27:5 Solomon said, “open rebuke is better than love concealed.” At least we know where we stand. I’ll try to put a few handles on this communication challenge in the message this weekend.