The Kingdom is Today Sep19

The Kingdom is Today

This year, with our students at church, we’ve decided to journey with Jesus through the Gospel according to Mark. We’ve only traveled through the first 15 verses, but I’m already excited about some of the conversations that are being sparked thus far.  I especially love Jesus’ first sermon in Mark 1:14-15.  Here’s my paraphrase (not of the Greek – from memory because I don’t want to look it up right now). The time is fulfilled!  The Kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent and believe the good news! Simple message – but a gold mine!  With the students, we focused on Jesus’ declaration that...

Redeeming the Friend...

Don’t ever condemn someone to the “friend zone.” If you do, that person will become a stripper. That’s the moral of the stage musical Rock of Ages, which some of my co-bloggers and I caught during a weekend trip to Las Vegas last month. The first act launches a love story between Drew,...

Awesome Questions Sep04

Awesome Questions

My husband, Daryl, and I asked our friend and fellow blogger Grace Sangalang to craft the following interview questions for us. Basically, we wanted a way to tell you more about our upcoming family shifts (happening this week!) and this seemed a good way to do it. We’re about to put into...

How a Migration Bloo...

The global missions landscape is far different today than it was fifty years ago. Transportation has become steadily more efficient and cheaper over the past five decades which has set up off a migration bloom all across the globe. This migration bloom has led to large-scale movement of the...

“There Is A Ri...

I have just recently returned from Scotland and there have been a lot of interesting adjustments in the process, like a reverse culture-shock. But one of the things that has particularly stood out is the fact that I haven’t known any of the worship songs at the chapel and church services...

On Patience

The following was originally presented as a sermon at Cornerstone Church in St. Andrews, Scotland. What is there to be said about patience? Certainly it is not a word that is unfamiliar to us. No doubt many times in our lives someone has told us that we ought to have more of it or be more of...

Redemption in Ruth

I’ll be concluding my series on Ruth with reflections on chapter 4 today (See Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). I have had such a great time studying Ruth, not only with other women, but especially hearing men’s perspectives. I know that often times when people hear about Ruth, they...

“You Should Co...

As we go about our week we often run into people in our community who are not believers and are not connected to any church. During the course of small talk, the topic of church is broached and we then ask our new acquaintance if they go to church anywhere. They say, “No, my wife (or...

Aspergian Christiani...

“Do you want to come sit down with the rest of us?” “NO!” “Well you have to because this is what we’re all doing right now.” “Ugg…Why did you even ask me the question in the first place?” This was a conversation I regularly had with a...

A is for Awesome Aug07

A is for Awesome

About a month ago, my husband and I were enjoying lunch at a Japanese restaurant when the thought occurred to us, “What if we switched roles?” We had really been dancing around the issue for some time. I have been staying at home with our boy since shortly after he was born, but have...

God’s Provisio...

To continue my series on Ruth (after Part 1 and Part 2), I’ll be sharing some thoughts from chapter 3. Ruth 3 is the climax of the story. It’s when Ruth boldly goes to the threshing floor in the middle of the night and lays at the feet of Boaz. She takes a huge risk in doing this action as...