Hey Jesus-followers. Don’t call yourself pro-life if you’re not crying out for justice right now. My heart is grieving for the family of Ahmaud Arbery. 25-years old. Jogging down a street in a free country. Gunned down in broad daylight. I hear my brothers and sisters of color describing their fear and rage and confusionContinue reading “The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery”
The country looks like it is about to open up. What does this mean for churches? Here are some of my questions. Are we clear about what “church” is? (Hint: It’s not a Christian concert plus a TED talk.) If we were starting from scratch, what would we do? What is essential? What is fluff? WhatContinue reading “When should churches open their doors?”
The virus is real. It’s not a hoax. We’re not dreaming. It’s covering the earth. We are living in unprecedented times. It’s a pandemic, and everybody has been called to share the message with everybody of how to save lives.
Everybody observes holidays. You will not find a people anywhere who do not have unique days of celebration and remembrance. We got this tendency from our Maker. It is significant to note that the living God instituted seven holidays (holy days). These are called “the feasts of the Lord.” This phrase makes it clear thatContinue reading “7 Things to Know About Pentecost Sunday”
On April 12, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. produced one of the great pieces of literature composed on U.S. soil. Locked up in Birmingham jail, with nothing but a pen and the margins of a local newspaper, Dr. King proceeded to respond to the supposed call to unity from Christian ministers, calling for anContinue reading “Letter From A Birmingham Jail”
Finish well. I can’t tell you how many times I ended a fast gorging at a barbecue restaurant, only to be miserable a few hours later. And strangely dull in the days to follow as I went back to “life as usual.” So foolish. If you have been fasting, I dare you to consider finishing well.Continue reading “Finishing Your Fast Well”
Why should I consider ignoring a growling stomach, bypassing entertainment, and denying myself of the legitimate need of nourishment? Because the discipline of fasting can do what nothing else will do in your life. Simply defined, fasting is the voluntary abstaining from food for higher purposes. It is a potent way to forego lower pleasuresContinue reading “Why Bother Fasting?”
Richard Spencer is coming to town and Gainesville is nervous. Every time I hear the story of our nation’s racial past I struggle with understanding how so many people could stand by and do so little. Until I watch how deeply we struggle acknowledging our racial present. We have a problem, and it won’t evaporateContinue reading “It’s our time: Responding to Richard Spencer”
These are words that I am speaking today with our family. These are not direct quotations, but rather Scripture turned into confessions. Peace. What you meditate on you magnify. What you magnify will move you. I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)Continue reading “Peace. Authority. Hope.”
Followers of Jesus do not act like threats are not real; we just look at those threats in the light of God’s hope, not the darkness of human fear.