I want you to imagine two scenes. First, picture a peaceful tropical beach resort, yourself lying in a hammock with a cold drink and good book. Can you hear the seagulls squawking as the sounds of the surf provide a relaxing soundtrack? Feel the sun warming your neck, and the gentle breeze keeping you cool? Peace … Continue reading SERMON: Navigating Life’s Storms
Last night millions of viewers watched part 4 of the A.D. miniseries on NBC. We are seeing the tumultuous beginnings of the Jesus movement following his resurrection. Cowardly followers have become bold witnesses. The Holy Spirit inspires boldness in the face of opposition. The miracles that Jesus once wrought are now happening through his followers, and … Continue reading The Demise of Ananias & Sapphira (A.D. Miniseries)
I'm preparing a message on the stoning of Stephen this Sunday. Here's something to ponder from William Willimon in his commentary on Acts: Stanley Hauerwas has written about the mass suicide at "Jonestown" when hundreds of followers of Jim Jones and his "People's Temple" took their lives and the lives of their children (p. 106). … Continue reading A Faith Worth Living & Dying For?
What adjectives do many associate with the word 'church' or 'faith'? Solemn, holy, boring, stained glass, choir, pew, robe, potluck, etc. Reading (and trying to preach) through the Book of Acts paints a far more exciting scene. Just skimming through the first 4 chapters we read the following adjectives and phrases that paint anything but … Continue reading Wonder and Amazement in Acts
This is the most significant spiritual lesson I have learned in my entire life - perhaps. There is a world of difference (literally, a "narrative world" of difference) between (1) being a religious person who holds certain beliefs in their head, and (2) a person who has decided that the narrative world of the Bible … Continue reading A Different World is Calling You!
A Cliffhanger And It’s Sequel Take a survey sometime of Bible reading Christians and ask them if they’ve spent more time reading the Gospels or the Book of Acts. The answer is will always be the Gospels. And it’s not even a close contest. But why is this? I think the answer is quite obviously … Continue reading Divine Summons 4