Jesus, justice, & the multicultural church

As I look at the church, I’m quite concerned about the white-washing of Jesus, the toxic absence of justice, and the potential dangers of the multicultural movement. Which is why I am so thrilled to spend the next few days with the great civil rights activist Dr. John Perkins. He lives for the biblical Jesus, true justice, and a truly multiculturalContinue reading “Jesus, justice, & the multicultural church”

Questions I’m asking while fasting

There are so many things you could do with your life. What are the few things that you should do? Filter through the many and choose the few that make sense in the light of eternity. Setting apart time at the beginning of the year to pray, fast, and reflect are powerful ways to give you spaceContinue reading “Questions I’m asking while fasting”

Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, & Racialized Sin

Troubling thoughts keeping me up late and waking me up early: 1. It’s devastating to see non-Christians more torn up over black people dying than white Christians. I’m sad and angry and embarrassed and grieving. 2. Implicit bias is more dangerous than overt hatred because it operates underground. It has been stunning to witness allContinue reading “Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, & Racialized Sin”

Bloody cross, empty tomb

I recently found myself in the middle of a very strange conversation with a very educated doctor when the conversation moved to our faith. Of course the most common approach is to assert the viability of every belief, as long as it’s sincere. But after many months of walking with a loved one through illness and the possibility of death,Continue reading “Bloody cross, empty tomb”

Cam Newton, the Super Bowl, & the Race Card

  I’m not even close to unbiased as we approach the 2016 Super Bowl. I graduated from the University of Florida. I’m a Gator fan. Gators do not like the Tennessee Volunteers. We struggle to acknowledge that one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time goes by the name Peyton Manning, a Tennessee Volunteer. AndContinue reading “Cam Newton, the Super Bowl, & the Race Card”

What are you chewing on?

It’s not enough to simply read the Bible. Jesus made an audacious promise at the end of His sermon on the mount: “Everyone who hears these words of Mine, and puts them into practice is like a wise man who builds his house on the rock.” (Matt. 7:24 NIV) Here is the problem. It’s easy toContinue reading “What are you chewing on?”

Missouri & Yale & the gaps in our Gospel.

I’m reading the reports from Missouri and Yale and thinking about the gaps in our Gospel. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. (MatthewContinue reading “Missouri & Yale & the gaps in our Gospel.”

Ground Breakers

Make disciples of ALL the nations. We haven’t fully embraced the Great Commission until we are committed to go to all the nations (ethnos) and all the peoples. Not just the easily-reached and already-touched. We really are called to take the Gospel where it is rare; to bring discipleship where it is uncommon; to break ground where theContinue reading “Ground Breakers”