Archive for the ‘Ordinary Living’ category

Spiritual Practice #8: “Intentionally Seek to Integrate Your Life in Christ with All Areas of Your Life”

November 30, 2016

integratedDuring Advent we reflect upon and prepare for the coming of Jesus. We remember his birth and make sure our preparations are on track for his return.

So why did he come? And what can we expect the second time around?

The Jesus whose birth we celebrate, and whose return we anticipate, is Jesus Christ, or Jesus the Messiah. Messiah is a Jewish word that basically means Savior/King. In other words, Jesus means to save and he means to rule. His intent then and now is to reclaim this world as God’s kingdom. He wants to restore all things according to God’s original design (Acts 3:19-22). He intends to make all things new.

Christ is King and he is Lord. This is the fundamental truth of the Christian life. Christ himself qualified us to enter his kingdom, but now each Jesus Follower is called to apply themselves to learning what it means to live under the Reign of God. (more…)

Essential 100 Challenge: Day 63 — John 9:1-41

March 4, 2009

jesusordinary1“Do you believe in the Son of Man?” This question that Jesus poses to the formerly blind man strips Christianity down to its bare essentials. The words “son of man” are basically a non-title. Jesus doesn’t ask the man if he believes Jesus is the Messiah or the Son of God. Jesus doesn’t ask him if he believes certain things about Jesus. Jesus simply asks the man if he believes in Jesus. (more…)


November 24, 2008

crosscelticLast night Sharon and I finished watching the PBS series John Adams, based on David McCullough’s biography of Adams. We were both struck by the ruggedness of 18th century America. Life was hard and harsh for the wealthy and powerful as well as for the poor and powerless. Imagine going through surgery without anesthesia, or watching your loved ones die of small pox or one of any number of diseases that are easily prevented or cured today. (more…)

An Uncommon Prayer

November 13, 2008

stonesseaI sense that our 24/7 prayer week is going well. From comments and notes that I’ve read and heard, I gather that God is meeting many of you and speaking into your life. I read one prayer on “the wall” that spoke to me this morning. (more…)

Accordian Spirituality

October 28, 2008

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him” (John 14:6,7).

More than any passage in the Bible, these verses point to the centrality of Jesus Christ. Centrality is not the same as supremacy. For example, we’re not saying that Jesus is more supreme or more important than the Father or the Holy Spirit. Centrality has to do with focus. The more we focus and keep refocusing on Jesus, the better chance we’ll have of knowing and “seeing” the Father and recognizing how the Spirit is moving in and around us. (more…)

The Noontime Demon

October 17, 2008

This is the last post about how to re-vision our roles. The sixth principle we mentioned on Sunday was: “Be Wholehearted (and Watch Out for That Worm).” Paul writes: “Whatever your task, put your heart into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters” (Colossians 3:23). (more…)

Sacramental Living

October 17, 2008

As we carry out our various roles today as part of our call, I invite us to focus on the 5th principle we talked about on Sunday: “Do It for Jesus.” It’s tempting, even dangerous, to think that whatever we do for Jesus has to be really significant. Actually, as Henri Nouwen points out, it’s the very ordinary things of our daily lives that Jesus loves: (more…)