May 01, 2014
"What do you think, Simon?" said Jesus. "From whom do the kings of earth take tolls or taxes? From their sons or from others?" Peter answered briefly, "From others." Jesus' responded almost as briefly, and yet with the depth of meaning so characteristic of his words, "Then the sons are free."
Feb 03, 2014
Okay, I just have to say I loved watching the Super Bowl last night! Being a church planter in the State of Washington, watching the domination by the Seattle Seahawks over the Denver Broncos was simply a beautiful thing. It was a scene after the game that stirred me the most though: thousands of Broncos fans and Seahawks fans jammed together,
Jan 24, 2014
This was really encouraging to me this morning as I was reading/journaling. I'm posting it exactly as I wrote it in my journal entry. “Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:45-49, ESV)
Jan 20, 2014
This weekend didn't go exactly according to plan for our church plant here in Spokane. It's January in the Inland Northwest, which means it's cold, so what a perfect time for the heating unit in our rented building to die! The repairs were scheduled to happen on Tuesday the 21st, which, if you do the math, doesn't increase the temperature by even one degree on Sunday the 19th!
Jan 16, 2014
I'll never forget senile Aunt Bethany's prayer in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. She's asked to pray "The B-l-e-s-s-i-n-g" by her excellent-toupee-wearing husband, and she begins with, "I pledge allegiance to the flag..." I laugh every time. Yep, every time! The family request to "bless" the food goes wrong just like everything else the Griswolds do.
Jan 10, 2014
There is a call going out in the earth today. It rings in my own city of Spokane just as clearly as it rings in New York City or London, Amsterdam or Baghdad. "Come follow me." It's the call of Jesus to His church, including those who don't even know they're a part of it yet! As we respond to this call there can be a subtle whisper in our minds: "But what about my past, what about my career, what about my family, what about my 'issues,' what about...?" However, when Jesus calls he already knows our "stuff" and all the reasons we aren't qualified - even the ones we haven't realized yet!
Jan 09, 2014
Dawa used to be a Buddhist priest in Nepal. Seeking truth, he became a Hindu, but later abandoned Hinduism to become an atheist. And now? Now he serves as a Christian pastor and fellow church planter here in Spokane, Washington. Jesus' relentless pursuit of Dawa has brought this Bhutanese man to my city where I met him this morning at breakfast, courtesy of World Relief.
Jan 07, 2014
As a church planter, the role of announcing the good news of the kingdom of God in unusual places is just part of everyday life. As one who talks one-on-one with people in coffee shops and bistros, pubs and sidewalks, and who speaks more formally in our hip downtown venue on Sundays, I find myself championing the grace of God a lot! Talking about Jesus as the one who forgives sin, who reconciles us to God