κοινωνία – the invitational heart of the gospel – “Come”

God’s arms open wide; the Creator’s generous heart receptive to everyone who walks through the doors; the faith community speaking God’s “Yes” with a distinct clarity into a world where affirmation is sometimes scarce; the invitation of Jesus in all its simplicity and power: come, everyone who is carrying any kind of a burden.

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let’s not waste this opportunity to live!

 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. – John 10:10 I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. – John 10:10 (The Message) Looking back, my past few posts have been fairly heavy. Important, yes, and always pointing to light, … Continue reading let’s not waste this opportunity to live!

living victory in a messed up world

But when I am afraid,     I will put my trust in you.   I praise God for what he has promised.     I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?     What can mere mortals do to me? – Psalm 56:3-4 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I … Continue reading living victory in a messed up world

it’s time we ditched destructive diatribe in favor of constructive conversation!

much of modern Christianity has moved backwards, into a lightly Christianized religiosity that has little to do with the invitational, “the world will know you are my followers by the way you love one another,” reconciliation-oriented mission of Jesus. Continue reading it’s time we ditched destructive diatribe in favor of constructive conversation!

Why church is the right place to be even if you can’t imagine being a believer

I am a Pilgrim in Progress: I want this morning’s post to stand (without any arm-twisting or guilt or leverage) as a persuasive invitation to let everything else go for a few hours, to show up at a church in your community, and to simply place yourself/ourselves in the presence of God. For this invitation I’m not even asking that you walk in as a believer – I’d just like … Continue reading Why church is the right place to be even if you can’t imagine being a believer

it’s communion Sunday – come to the table…

I have just two words for this morning’s post: Read yesterday’s story (and pictures) about my trip to Lynchburg, Virginia. I didn’t post till late in the evening, so you may have missed it. – Being disciples to make disciples to be disciples…. It’s communion Sunday; so respond to the invitation Jesus graciously extends, and come to the table. Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. In love, … Continue reading it’s communion Sunday – come to the table…

don’t hinder the little children…

One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them … Continue reading don’t hinder the little children…

there’s no greater power than the power of our God #VBS

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40 There’s No Greater Power! Ok, good friends … Continue reading there’s no greater power than the power of our God #VBS