I apologize for not getting out a post last week about our fifth spiritual practice: “Engage in Honest, Authentic Conversations with Other Believers.” Let me say something about the spiritual practices in general. The only way any of these spiritual practices can really work is if we want to do them. For example, most days…Read more »
I sense that my sermon on Sunday stirred up quite a bit for some folks. We talked about “the fear of the Lord,” and how it’s less about being afraid of God than about giving God his proper weight and proportion in our lives, as well as acknowledging the significance of realities like judgment day…Read more »
“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;…Read more »
Why 45 days of 24/7? An easy and obvious answer is that Lent is 45 days. Actually, Lent technically lasts 40 days, without the 5 Sundays before Palm Sunday. (Sundays are considered mini-resurrection days, since Jesus rose on the first day of the week.) While the number 40 has several significant associations in the Bible, the most…Read more »
On the way home from my 2 o’clock in the prayer tent this morning, I met three new friends — at Dina’s bar down the street. Their names are Dina, Joe and Dan. No, I didn’t stop for a drink.
I want to thank those of you who responded to Steve’s email. (By the way, don’t miss Pete’s comment under “White Out.”) You all shared some very good thoughts. Steve, I’d like to respond to what I sense are three key issues in your email.
Steve L. wrote the following response to my last post. I thought it raised such important issues that I asked Steve if I could include it as a regular post instead of a comment. I’m wondering if others identify with what Steve is saying. I’d like to give people a chance to respond before I offer…Read more »