Why Christians should be talking about the resurrection constantly – Acts 24-26, Part 5

Though he had previously persecuted Christians because he thought they were followers of a false teacher, when he met the risen the Jesus, Paul was totally changed.  There was no denying this story of Paul’s life history.  The resurrection of Jesus changes everything.  I wonder if we have taken Jesus’ resurrection for granted?  I wonderContinue reading “Why Christians should be talking about the resurrection constantly – Acts 24-26, Part 5”

The most important topic of Christianity that rarely gets talked about – Acts 24-26, Part 3

What do you think is the most important topic of Christianity? Perhaps it would help to consider Christian symbols. The cross and the Bible are probably to two most prevalent. They are both very important, but are the most important? I think there is a topic that is more important. If we dig deeper intoContinue reading “The most important topic of Christianity that rarely gets talked about – Acts 24-26, Part 3”

How not to talk about God – Acts 24-26, Part 1

How should we talk to people about God?   A friend of mine recently told the story about how when he was growing up, his parents faithfully took he and his siblings to church on Sunday mornings.  As their family drove to church, he remembers driving by people on their bikes, out for a ride onContinue reading “How not to talk about God – Acts 24-26, Part 1”

What to do if talking about Jesus feels awkward – Acts 22-23, Part 5

Talking about Jesus with our family, friends, neighbors and co-workers is one of the most awkward experiences.  It find it much easier to talk about faith with people I don’t know.  I marvel at how bold I could be on mission trips.  I felt so empowered.  Was it the Holy Spirit?  Maybe, sure.  But also,Continue reading “What to do if talking about Jesus feels awkward – Acts 22-23, Part 5”

You don’t need a dramatic life story to be a true follower of Jesus – Acts 22-23, Part 4

Have you ever thought about the Christian rationale for why Christians are trying to invite other people to become followers of Jesus as well? Some Christians seem to be rather lax about it, almost to the point where you wonder if they don’t care about whether or not other people become followers of Jesus. OtherContinue reading “You don’t need a dramatic life story to be a true follower of Jesus – Acts 22-23, Part 4”

What to do when Covid is a no-win situation for churches (and other orgs) – Current Events Q3 2020, Part 5

Earlier this week the local school board met to discuss how to handle the upcoming start of the school year. Should kids be back in the building? If so, should they wear masks. By the way, I’m writing this during the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, before a vaccine has been developed, and to date 150,000Continue reading “What to do when Covid is a no-win situation for churches (and other orgs) – Current Events Q3 2020, Part 5”

How to be an encouragement – Current Events Q3 2020, Part 4

Our study of the “One Another” passages in the New Testament continues. If you haven’t read the previous posts, I encourage to start at the first one here. There are more than 50 “One Another” passages, and put together they form a powerful teaching about the identity and practice of the church. This week IContinue reading “How to be an encouragement – Current Events Q3 2020, Part 4”

Do you have disagreements in your church? – Current Events 2020 Q3, Part 1

What do you do when you’re at a church gathering and someone makes political statements?  Do you feel uneasy?  Do you sense the temperature in the room start to rise?  What if those political statements are viewpoints you tend to disagree with?  Do you confront them?  Do you disagree?  What do you do when someoneContinue reading “Do you have disagreements in your church? – Current Events 2020 Q3, Part 1”

Do politics and tradition guide your thinking more than Jesus? – Acts 21, Part 4

In 1991 the former Grand Wizard of the KKK, David Duke, was in a run-off election to become governor of Louisiana. In the four weeks leading up to the run-off, the New Orleans Saints were playing a home game, and a black season ticket holder told the story of his feelings as loud eruptions ofContinue reading “Do politics and tradition guide your thinking more than Jesus? – Acts 21, Part 4”

Two important principles for leaders – Acts 20, Part 4

Leaders, I encourage you to pay special attention to this post.  As you’ll see it is specifically about leaders in the church, but I think the principles apply broadly to leadership in any venue. So does that mean you can skip this post if you’re not a leader? Actually, this post is not just forContinue reading “Two important principles for leaders – Acts 20, Part 4”