From Dust to Glory: Readings and Reflections for Lent

Lent begins next week with Ash Wednesday (February 10). If are a pastor or church leader and have not already, I would encourage you to consider observing Lent this year. There are many great resources and devotionals available to use throughout this period. This year, I wrote a little devotional book for our church, From Dust to Glory: Readings and Reflections for Lent, and I want to share it with you. Most devotional resources are heavy on reading the author’s thoughts. There’s nothing wrong with this, of course, and I have benefitted from things like that in the past. The church needs clear, articulate … Continue reading From Dust to Glory: Readings and Reflections for Lent

Ash Wednesday at Grace Chapel

Wednesday, February 18, is Ash Wednesday. This marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 day period before Easter (46 including Sundays). The word Lent comes from a Latin word meaning “spring,” which comes from an earlier Germanic word meaning “lengthen” or “long” (since the days get longer in spring). At Grace Chapel (a non-denominational, Protestant Evangelical church), we’re encouraging our congregation to observe this season—not to merit favor with God or even because it’s hip to be ancient. We want to take advantage of these valuable observances so we can dive deeper into the gospel. That’s it. It’s really all … Continue reading Ash Wednesday at Grace Chapel

“I hate all your show…”

In Isaiah 1:11-17, God scolds his children for their external, self-righteous, neat-nick religion.  Read the passage.  It will be convicting, I promise. If we can paraphrase, God basically says: Stop going to church! Stop singing! Stop your Sunday school classes and your Wednesday night Bible studies. It all drives me crazy! And stop praying, too, because I’m going to stop listening. Your prayers are an abomination to my ears. I’ve had enough of your religion. You need to learn justice, mercy, and goodness. That is quite an indictment, but that’s how God feels towards fake religion. If your worship is … Continue reading “I hate all your show…”

How and when is God’s wrath revealed?

Have you ever wondered what it means when Paul writes in Romans 1:18 that “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men”?  I have. And recently, I’ve asked, “When and how will God’s wrath be revealed?” The word “revealed” in Greek is in the present tense — an ongoing, habitual action in Greek.  So unlike so many other references to God’s wrath in Paul’s epistles, this is a current happening — not a future cosmic event.  God’s wrath, in Romans 1, is being revealed now. And I believe that God’s wrath is more … Continue reading How and when is God’s wrath revealed?