the most effective way to share the gospel


Cultivating a Servant’s Heart:

Sometimes there’s so much going on around here I’m tempted to journal two or three times a day! I know today’s post is going to end up looking like I’m trying to build my Pinterest presence, but if I had to pick one focus from Sunday I’m going with WFPC’s afternoon “Ladies’ Spring Tea.”

The gathering was designed to be fun. Women were encouraged to come with their daughters and/or mothers; there was dressing up, the wearing of fancy hats, a photography booth, and bringing along a favorite doll with a memory to share.

well-oiled machine!

What made the event special for me was the group of men who handled the serving and clean-up. Around 20 guys worked the afternoon in some capacity, and my privilege was to be part of the “elite squad” of ninja servers, ten men who worked as a well-oiled machine (!!!), swooping in and out (under the direction of maître d’ Robert Deeprose) to take care of the 90 ladies who graced the CLC.

Simply put, it was fun. Hard work, but fun.

POWERFUL LESSON: To me, the afternoon illustrated something powerfully true about church life here. Some of our women were talking to me about “how delightfully positive” it is to be around other people in our church, about the fact that it just feels good, and right, and encouraging to be together.

She put her finger on one of the most effective witnessing tools The Church (around the world) has at its disposal, and that’s the fact that – as Jesus pointed out time and again – “The world will know that God sent me because of the love you have for one another.”

  • Not, “The world will be impressed with your strident doctrinal purity…”
  • Not, “The world will come to know my love because of your energetic judgment…”
  • Not, “The lost will find their way home following the bright light of your unbending dogma…”
  • Not, “People will be reconciled with God as a result of your skill in pointing out their sin…”
  • Not, “God’s great love will be communicated best if you continually argue and fight about how right you are and how wrong ‘those other churches’ are…”

But, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:24-25

IMG_1722FAMOUS! I don’t need to point out the hugely obvious and sad fact that The Christian Church is very well known in this country as a place routinely and repeatedly split asunder by exactly the opposite of the vision Jesus Christ had for his body.

Telling the truth about the beauty of the Gospel of Love via the way that we do community is pretty much the only credible card we have to play in terms sharing the light of God in this broken world.

I am so pleased to be part of a faith community where we are beginning to wrap our hearts and minds around the power of this truth.

Telling the truth about the beauty of the Gospel of Love via the way that we do community is pretty much the only credible card we have to play in terms sharing the light of God in this broken world.

May we all learn to serve one another in this way – DEREK



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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there's always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men's Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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