Category Archives: Living the Gospel

Just Bring Your Lunch

Do you ever want to shut out the needs of others because they outstrip your own resources?   That’s how I felt on Monday. I went down to Indianapolis to gather with eighty other pastors and church leaders for our … Continue reading

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Grumbling and Gratitude on Vacation

Nothing is worse than grumbling on vacation. Last week, my family took my mother to St. Louis via Springfield. After visiting the Lincoln museum in Springfield, we drove down to St. Louis and checked into our hotel. Since it was still light, … Continue reading

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Finishing Well: Blameless at the Coming of Christ

When guests visit our home, we usually do a whirlwind cleaning of our home. We vacuum, we dust, we clean, we pick up the mess in a whirlwind. Thankfully we can hide things in certain places where guests will not … Continue reading

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Replenishing Your Spiritual Glycogen

Runners hit the wall when the store of glycogen runs out of their muscles, so that their body shuts down, the pace slows down and the legs feel like iron. To avoid hitting the wall, runners try to replenish their … Continue reading

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Building Spiritual Community

The fruit of holiness flourishes in the context of spiritual community. Paul prays for abounding love as the context for hearts of holiness (1 Thess 3:12–13), and his prayer for holiness (1 Thess 5:23) follows instructions for spiritual community (5:12–15). … Continue reading

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Kung Fu Master and God’s Tests

In jr. high, I loved to play “Kung Fu Master.”  Actually, we called it “Spartan X” in Japan, where I was growing up.  The mission was to defeat the bad guys through punches, kicks and jumps and rescue your love … Continue reading

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An Invitation for the Church

Will the church in America soon look like this? The fastest growing religious group in America is those with no religious affiliation.  Why is that?  A recent article “Americans, Undecided about God” in the New York Times explores this question. The … Continue reading

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