Colossians 4

There’s a great command from Paul, here at the start of chapter 4: Pray diligently. Do you know what it looks like to pray diligently? Diligent is defined as showing care and conscientiousness in one’s work or duties. So you could say it means praying with care. Praying conscientious of what’s going on around you.Continue reading “Colossians 4”

Ephesians 5b

The second half of Ephesians 5 is such a popular passage. It’s often read at weddings because Paul outlines the relationship of husbands and wives, which is really supposed to be an image of Christ and the Church. I don’t know about you, but a lot of the marriages I see don’t represent Christ andContinue reading “Ephesians 5b”

Ephesians 4

There’s an underlying theme in Ephesians 4, and I believe it is this: Oneness vs. Manyness Writing to the church in Ephesus, Paul says, “You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, oneContinue reading “Ephesians 4”

What Will You Do When All of Your Mentors Fall?

I’ve been contemplating this question for quite awhile. It was probably about 10-15 years ago when my first mentor fell. Let me quickly set the stage and then we’ll dive in: First, we’ll look at where I’m coming from Second, we’ll look at why that matters Third, we’ll look at my past heroes that haveContinue reading “What Will You Do When All of Your Mentors Fall?”

Flickering Pixels

I finished Flickering Pixels Saturday night. It was written by Shane Hipps, a leading marketer for Porsche turned Mennonite pastor. Overall, the book was well-written. Hipps wrote intelligently, yet simply. The first half of the book revolved heavily around technology. The second half shifted to theology. His main argument was that the medium and theContinue reading “Flickering Pixels”

The Good Ol’ Emergents (2)

Defining the emergent church is like trying to nail Jell-0 on a wall. Thus, it would be better for me to tell you why I studied it, what I studied, and what I learned, both positive and negative. I began my study in 2007 because I was beginning to hear how bad the emergents were.Continue reading “The Good Ol’ Emergents (2)”