Today is Ascension Day, which is unfortunately a bit of an overlooked and misunderstood event in the life of Christ. Perhaps because it strikes us as kind of silly. Icons of the ascension have Jesus’ feet peeking out from behind the clouds, like … [Continue reading] about What’s the Deal with the Ascension of Christ?
My drip coffee maker at home has three settings: Regular 1-4 Cups Bold As I've observed my coffee maker over the past few years, my hunch is that the "1-4 Cups" setting and the "Bold" setting are actually the exact same thing. It seems … [Continue reading] about Try Doing Evangelism Like a UX Designer, Not an Engineer
Here's an idea for church leaders: When it's time to evaluate what's working and what's not, and what might need to change in your ministry... Instead of asking which programs are "working" (which typically means the ones that are … [Continue reading] about How About Practices Instead of Programs?
Today's Gospel reading from the Daily Office Lectionary is Mark 4:1-20 - Jesus' parable of the sower. As Jesus outlines the various soils that the seed of the word falls on, he says that some falls among "thorns." The seed that falls here produces … [Continue reading] about How Lent Confronts the Thorns of Worry, Wealth, and Wanting
In Philippians 3, the Apostle Paul says that what he has gained in Christ far outweighs that which he has let go of (and what he has let go of is fairly substantial, in the world's eyes). He says he wants to gain Christ, be found in Christ, and … [Continue reading] about Becoming Like Christ In His Death