Dear United States,

I love you. (I love us.) I thank God for our nation and our liberties and our diversity and our exceptional approach.  Jon Stewart is right: “This ain’t easy … America is not natural. Natural is tribal. We are fighting against thousands of years of human behavior and history to create something that no one’s ever done. That’sContinue reading “Dear United States,”

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”

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?”

Fathers, Rabbis, and the Way of Jesus

“For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me.” – the apostle Paul, 1 Corinthians 4:15-16 The followers of Jesus knew He was different. He loved the unlovable; He sought out the lostContinue reading “Fathers, Rabbis, and the Way of Jesus”

Don’t go to church to get fed.

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: “TheContinue reading “Don’t go to church to get fed.”