How ballroom dance helped my church see the mission of Jesus more clearly – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 4

Are you able to tell the difference between a man-made Christian tradition and the biblical mission? Can you think of a tradition that might actually be getting in the way of you and your church accomplishing the mission? This week we’ve been studying Acts 9:32-11:18, and in that story God gives Peter a dream tryingContinue reading “How ballroom dance helped my church see the mission of Jesus more clearly – Acts 9:32-11:18, Part 4”

How a big basket teaches us to pursue Jesus’ mission during the pandemic (or any other time)- Acts 9:1-31, Part 3

Are you thinking differently about any aspects of life because of the coronavirus pandemic? I am. As I, and every single other person, was wearing a mask in the grocery story the other, it struck me how rapidly things change. Three months ago, if you told me that scene was about to happen in justContinue reading “How a big basket teaches us to pursue Jesus’ mission during the pandemic (or any other time)- Acts 9:1-31, Part 3”

How to survive the end of the world – Luke 12:35-59

I’ve written before that I really enjoy the TV show The Walking Dead.  I find it fascinating to see what life might be like in a post-apocalyptic scenario.  Many of us wonder if we would be able to survive without electricity, grocery stores, and indoor plumbing.  How do you think you would do if theContinue reading “How to survive the end of the world – Luke 12:35-59”

What if we’re totally wrong about what it means to follow Jesus – Part 2

My son walked up to our pantry closet in our kitchen, looking for a snack.  He quickly put his hand over his nose, uttering a muffled “Ugh! What is that smell?” I looked over at him standing there, and said “What do you mean? Is it the trashcan?”  Our kitchen trash bin is right nextContinue reading “What if we’re totally wrong about what it means to follow Jesus – Part 2”

When churches don’t make disciples

“If you make disciples, you always get the church.  But if you make a church, you rarely get disciples.”  – Mike Breen What do you think about that quote?  Is it right? The first part I think most Christians would agree with.  It’s pretty straightforward.  Disciples are followers of Jesus, and when you have aContinue reading “When churches don’t make disciples”