Welcome One Another

Romans 1-9 gets all the love. All the attention. As it should. It’s a dynamic exposition of sin, God’s wrath, justification by faith, and the power of the Spirit. It’s a tour de force from the Apostle Paul. But today, as I’m finishing up reading through Romans, it struck me how important Romans 14 and the first…

The Gosnell Story

If you are unfamiliar with the Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist who is on trial for murder, watch this 21-minute documentary below. You can also read about Gosnell in a recent USA Today article. World Magazine has ongoing coverage of the case As a small way to help spread the word on this atrocity which…

Sharing Jesus’ message or his love?

I was sitting in a hotel lounge in Johannesburg during a meeting for a mission trip I lead about this time last year. I had arranged for one of the local staff members, Karl, to come and talk about native African religions, and how to properly approach that topic with African people. He began his…

Blood:Water Mission

One of my favorite ministries is Blood:Water Mission.  Their mission is simple: Empower communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crisis.  They were founded by the band Jars of Clay.  Here’s a taste of what they are all about: IT’S A BEAUTIFUL STORY. We’re a group of passionate people who have been inspired by…

“What Matters More” by Derek Webb

Here’s the controversial song and video by Derek Webb from his new album Stockholm Syndrome. This version was released on his website, not the CD, due to the strong language. Provocative would be an understatement.  Any thoughts? *     *     * Update: Here are two excerpts from reivews of Webb’s album: “Unfortunately, the message seems hidden…

Jesus is the Blazing Center of Social Justice

Last night here in Pretoria, I went to a showing of the newest Invisible Children movie.  Before the movie was played, I was in the main building where there were dozens of Christian ministries and non-profits represented.  I didn’t know everything would be so “Christian” because I knew that Invisible Children has never made any…