As Christians, we know that this season is a celebration of the birth of our Savior, but it's easy to forget amidst all the doing that one of the things he's saved us from is meaningless busyness.
The yawns kept coming in another early morning, three-hour seminary class. But then the professor said something that made me stop mid-stretch.
As summer drew to a close, there was a deep sense of dread within my ten-year-old soul. My school’s fourth-grade teacher was notorious. She had the tenderness of a Marine drill instructor and the heart of a…well, to us kids, she didn’t seem to have a heart.
An update from the Bent Tree Elders regarding God's calling on our church and the leadership structure in light of Pete Briscoe's resignation.
In the final chapter of the Upper Room Discourse, John lets us eavesdrop on a prayer from Jesus to his Father. Jesus begins with himself, but rather than a litany of requests (he is about to face rejection, brutality, and crucifixion), Jesus’ prayer is laced with praise and truth about who Jesus...
Have you ever wondered why we end our prayers with “In Jesus’ name”? Is this a formula we need to use in prayer—like putting a coin in a vending machine—in order to get what we want?
The news of Pete’s resignation landed heavy on my heart. Like so many of you, I love Pete. I’d like to share a few things as we navigate this loss together.
To remain will depend on Jesus. He is always the giver, and he invites all who believe to live a life of receiving all that he is – that is the life of dependence, for apart from him we can do nothing.
Thomas was looking for a place. Philip was looking for proof, and Judas (not Judas Iscariot) was confused. Jesus, with great patience and compassion, responds to clarify for the disciples three concepts that hold great value for our Christian journey today: know, believe, and love.
“You are clean,” Jesus pronounced. Remember Jesus knew what was coming: He knew Peter would deny him not once, not twice, but three times before sunrise. Why? Because Peter needed to know he was clean.