What Keeps Me Awake? Pt. 3

I worry we’re preaching the love of Christ while ignoring the wisdom of Christ. I worry we’re raising up a generation of Christians shaped by the shallow and spineless gospel of the Beatles: “All you need is love, love, love.” Yet, take away wisdom and all you have a bunch of “foolish lovers” driven along by fluctuating emotions and trendy causes. Love must be accompanied by wisdom. Wisdom guides us to love rightly.

Q&A: Why do prayers go unanswered?

“Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, TEACHING in the synagogues…and he HEALED every kind of disease and illness” (Matt 9:35). My sermon text for this Sunday is Mark 1:29-39 which displays Jesus’ powerful healing ministry, first with Simon’s mother-in-law, and then “the whole city was gathered around the door” as…

Cold Snowdrifts to Warm Fireplaces

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from.” Psalm 121 There she sits, windows all aglow, full of warmth and perched high upon Berg Mountain: our cozy home. But here we all sit at the bottom of the hill, tired from travels, cranky with coughs and sniffles, stranded in our mini-van,…

Aching & Yearning for the Kingdom

A friend in ministry just texted me a light and fluffy Friday afternoon question: “I’m laying out a vision for Discipleship with my people on Monday. What are 3 awesome things about being a disciple? What are 3 awesome things about making disciples?” He might as well have asked me to sum up the mystery…

Life’s the Curriculum, You’re the Assignment

A good reminder for a New Year. A repost from about 9 years ago. -JB Somewhere along the way, largely in the wake of the Enlightenment’s enthronement of human reason, Christianity morphed into a rational quest for right knowledge and head beliefs. Discipleship naturally became a classroom exercise with teachers, Bible curriculum and eager (and…

“Shackled” for the New Year (James 4:13-17)

From the DI archives — December 2009. I love fresh starts. Clean slates. New beginnings. Therefore I love New Year’s day. It’s a time to take inventory of our lives’ rhythms and priorities, make necessary adjustments, or those pesky “resolutions” and all the rest. For the Christian it is a time for inward reflection on…

New Year’s Idolatry

From the DI archives. -JB Are you tired of Top 10 lists?  Are you tired of talk of resolutions?  I like most top 10 lists but find the resolutions to be a bit too predictable and repetitive. Here’s one such list. According to their research, here are the top 10 New Year resolutions for the past…

“Here I Am!” (by Mike Fox)

By Mike Fox  On my desk at work I have a scripture-a-day calendar.  When I get to work in the morning, one of the first things I do is tear off yesterday’s verse and look at the new verse.  I never look ahead.  I look forward to the surprise.  Last week one of the verses…