An Intervention at the YMCA As usual, Lauryn Lax arrived in the morning at the Nashville YMCA ten minutes before opening. She had a favorite Stairmaster and wanted to make sure she secured it for her multi-hour workout. However, this morning would be different. She wouldn’t even get in the door. Johnny Phipps had organized […]Read More How Can I Speak Truth in Love Rather than Truth or Love?
The Great Invitation How would you respond if someone were to ask, “How committed are you to following Jesus?” Some of us might get offended. “What? I’m totally committed. I’d die for him.” Others might not be as confident, but with head hung low, confess, “Sadly, my actions deny the commitment of my words.” What […]Read More How Committed Are You to Jesus?
Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader? During the COVID pandemic, my family has discovered reruns of the game show, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? The kids on the program are great, with fun personalities and lots of knowledge. The adult contestants may be equally winsome, but so far, not one has been smarter […]Read More God Helps Those Who…
Is It the End of the World as We Know It? We live in divisive times. But you don’t need me to tell you that. Just turn on the news or (at your own risk) browse Facebook or Twitter. Speaking of social media, someone joked recently that scholars discovered that the Mayan doomsday prophecy predicting the […]Read More Is This the End of the World As We Know It?
A Follow-Up Question Years ago, when D. James Kennedy’s Evangelism Explosion was a popular tool for sharing the good news of Jesus, the first question the evangelist would ask is, “If you died today, do you believe you’d go to heaven?” If the respondent answered no, then on with the gospel presentation. If they replied yes, the follow up […]Read More What Does God Think of You Right Now?
One of my seminary textbooks written by F.F. Bruce was titled, Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free. What a great epitaph for someone’s ministry. What a great epitaph for someone’s life — a heart set free. This coming Sunday, I am starting a new teaching series for my home church, True North: Life Guided by the Gospel — a […]Read More The Epitaph I Want
Receive a Free Gift Receive the digital version of my short book, The Grade Exchange: An Introduction to the Gospel (with Discussion Guide) as a gift and you also will receive a free subscription to Rest for the Weary. Get Your Free Copy Read the article below or listen to the podcast. The Most Important Decision In case […]Read More Embracing the Five Affirmations of Grace
Read below or listen to the podcast. Jacob’s Story: A Defining Moment in the Ascent of a Leader Most of us have defining moments that shape the rest of our lives. Like that night walking down sorority row at Ole Miss when I met a ridiculously cute red-head from Benton, Mississippi. That encounter was a defining […]Read More Why Do the Best Leaders Limp?
Read or Listen Read the post below or listen to the podcast here. The Sixth System Setting This is the sixth and final system setting in our Church Reboot series as we study Acts 2:42-47 for a guide to what a healthy and growing church looks like, giving us the opportunity to reset ourselves as a […]Read More Is the Tone of My Life Honey or Vinegar to the World?
What Does “Loving My Enemy” Look Like on Social Media On the heels of this post on The Power of Love When Aimed at an Enemy, I thought I would follow up with something really practical and specific. What does love look like on social media? When someone posts something with which I (even strongly) disagree or makes […]Read More How Should Christians Engage on Social Media?
New Site for Articles, Essays, and Posts Read these articles on my new site: Rest for the Weary. Battle Lines Have Been Drawn Everywhere I look, battle lines have been drawn. There are the old and familiar political lines, like those between Democrats and Republicans, who have been firing heavy artillery for generations. Battlefronts exist […]Read More The Power of Love When Aimed at Our Enemies
Text, Podcast, and Video Read the post below, listen to the podcast, or watch the video. System Settings In our series called Church Reboot, we are exploring six original system settings in Acts 2:42–47 that serve as a guide for what a healthy and growing church looks like. Today we arrive at system setting number five. Number […]Read More What is Unique (and Necessary) About “Practical Love”?
“Knowing God” Dr. J.I. Packer, who recently was taken from this world into the presence of Jesus at 93-years-old, will be remembered as one of the most influential theologians of the past 100 years. His most well-known and beloved contribution to the church is the book, Knowing God. If you haven’t read it, this would be a great time. […]Read More How to Rest in a Restless World
Subscribe to het posts like this sent directly to your inbox so that you don’t miss anything. For more information about Rest for the Weary, just go here. Read below or listen to the podcast. _____________________________________________________________________________ Setting the Scene This is post number four in a six-part series on the essential system settings we discern from studying the early […]Read More Experiencing the Miraculous
A Brief Review Two weeks ago, we started a summer series of posts using the metaphor of a computer that needs to be shut down in order to be rebooted to its original system settings. That really is the opportunity for local churches in 2020. Having been shut down, we have a chance to revisit […]Read More A Game-Changing Way to Pray
I Have Been Wrong In his book, The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins relates a story from when he was an undergraduate at Oxford. While I do not embrace Dawkin’s atheistic assertions, the anecdote is profoundly instructive for believers, particularly with regard to how Christians may reach the seemingly unreachable with the gospel. Here is the story. […]Read More We Clapped Our Hands Red
Get posts like this sent directly to your inbox so that you don’t miss anything. For more information about Rest for the Weary, just go here. Subscribe now Ambition. Perfectionism. Insecurity. Overeating. Compulsive spending, alcoholism, and extreme exercise. The addictive pursuit of wealth, power, and fame. According to authors Gary McIntosh and Samuel Rima in their book, Overcoming […]Read More The Power of a Father’s Affirmation
A friend called from North Carolina today and asked how I was doing. Well, there is a virus that has caused the most severe pandemic in over 100 years, an economic collapse that rivals the crash of 1929, record-breaking unemployment, and social unrest in the streets that we haven’t seen in generations, if ever. How […]Read More What I Learned from My Friendship with Milton
By the 1770s, the American colonies had suffered under what they considered unfair treatment by their sovereign in England, King George III. Starting with the Stamp Act of 1765, many colonists began to resent British taxation without American representation in Parliament and sentiment for independence began to grow. On March 23, 1775, Virginian attorney and […]Read More The Dark Side of Christian Freedom
Christians are not Civilians It should go without saying that Christians are not civilians. But it seems as if we get lulled into thinking that because the enemy is unseen that the battle is not raging. But it is, unbeknownst to some. Maybe to many. The church (and the individual believers in her ranks) has […]Read More What Satan Wants to Do With Churches Right Now