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 »
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord” (1 Peter 3:15). Yesterday I suggested that this verse be our theme for the week, for this holy week. (The Greek word for “set apart” is the same word we translate “holy.”) I also suggested that we devote the next four days to reflecting upon and practicing…Read more »
Wow, it’s been a while. And it will probably still be a while before I do much blogging again. You haven’t asked for an explanation, but I’d like to explain anyway, as well as give an up-date. This is an extremely busy and exciting time for me. I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking and…Read more »
Made a last-ditch effort yesterday afternoon to see if Mario could stay with Sharon and me for at least the next little while. Mom wasn’t open to it, and she gave a couple of decent reasons why it would be a problem. I’m going to miss that guy. Mario is amazed at all the love…Read more »
It’s been a long time since I’ve been so interested in an election, though tactics used by both parties can make all this feel more like a two-ring circus or sporting event than a presidential campaign. My purpose for writing this post isn’t to weigh in on either of the candidates, but rather to articulate…Read more »
This morning I offer a few quotes to go with yesterday’s sermon, which focused on the (surprising) purpose for God’s grace and gracisms (spiritual gifts): to make us holy, to make us saints. Especially a community of saints.
As we continue our discussion about how we’re to carry out our various kingdom roles, today I encourage us to focus on the fourth principle we talked about on Sunday: “Cop an Attitude — of Reverence, Respect and Honor.” Paul writes, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” “Children…honor your father and mother….”…Read more »