A few months ago I reviewed The Bikeable Church, authored by cyclist, urbanologist, and missiologist Sean Benesh. Benesh’s most recent work, The Bohemian Guide to Urban Cycling, broadens the scope to track and examine both the urban cyclist, and the city he cycles in.
Meetings of the church have typically placed the consumption of carefully prepared and rehearsed sermons at the center of the time together. The preacher is the central figure in the time, and the sermon is presented and received as “the main meal” for the “feeding of the sheep”. In many gatherings, the words that the speaker says from the podium are treated as “the word of the Lord” – unquestionable and authoritative.
Is that God’s thinking, that a preacher would stand as the unique mouthpiece of God? For that matter, do sermons have any part in the Christian experience? Continue reading
Parenting can be a wonderful insight into God’s heart toward us – how he loves us in spite of how we often react to him. Continue reading
What is God’s purpose for the church?
Is the church merely the earthly holding pen for those who are looking forward to eternal life, someday? Or, does God have other, current, intentions for the Bride of Christ?
In Titus 2:13, Paul talks about “… looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus …” (NASB)
What does that mean? Especially the part about the appearing of the glory of Christ Jesus? Continue reading