The reformer Martin Luther – a preacher of the gospel and no stranger to a fight – once said that knowing the gospel and teaching the gospel is so necessary for discipleship that we must beat it continually into our heads (he had a fierce way with his metaphors). Luther knew this gospel-beating was needed…Continue reading 4 Reasons to Speak the Gospel to One Another
Growing up it seemed Christianity was all about being obedient, completing the list of do’s and don’ts, and of course addressing the ultimate issue of whether I would end up in heaven or hell. Once I met Betty (see my previous post), my hidden desire of intimacy with my heavenly Father surfaced. Scriptures that held…Continue reading Growing up it seemed Christianity was all about being obedient
Growing up I longed for an older woman to come along side and “mentor” me. I wondered what it was like knowing God for 30, 40, or 50 years. I wanted to know God more intimately, but how could I? And was it worth the journey? I wanted an older woman to tell me how…Continue reading Growing up I longed for . . .
Was Peter a legalist? That nagging question just wouldn’t leave me alone as I read through 1 Peter 1 a while back. Few New Testament authors emphasize holiness, purity, and obedience more than Peter. According to him, we have been elected for “obedience to Jesus Christ,” prepared for righteous living so that we can be “obedient…Continue reading The (Legalistic?) Gospel According to Peter
I started leading small groups when I was 16. There I was, barely old enough to drive a car, and I was supposed to lead my group of thirteen-year-old boys on some kind of spiritual journey. Right. I felt good if we got through the meeting without someone making a fart joke. Since that time,…Continue reading 6 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Leading Small Groups