Category Archives: Discipleship

Kites without Strings

The Kite Festival at Lincoln City on the Oregon coast is worth a visit. Hundreds of multi-colored kites in an unbelievable range of designs swoop and swirl between blue sky and golden sand. The simple ones tug on a single string. Skilled flyers maneuver the larger and more complex models using two or more strong […]

A Sigh at Sunrise

Nothing can stop the Lord answering those who cry out to Him sincerely. Psalm 130 begins with an anguished cry for the Lord to meet some deep request; it ends with unswerving hope. Sin might separate us for a while but repentance breaks the power of iniquity (straying from or twisting the abundant life that […]

Anger and Violence

What do you think? Are anger and violence expressions of power or of weakness? Moses explosive outburst against an Egyptian slave-driver was about as fruitful as an expensive firework. The loss of a taskmaster didn’t weaken pharaoh. The Hebrews sneered. Moses ran for his life. How counterproductive our self-efforts can be! Now it came about […]

Wild Butterflies

I have often wondered why there is confusion in the Christian life between what God does for us and our own continuous struggle. Paul’s words to the Philippians capture the tension well: Work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to […]

Are you the salt of the earth?

Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear. (Luke 14:34-35) Forget the tiny white grains that you sprinkle on your food. In Bible times, long […]

Discipling the Nations – Mission Possible

I have a love hate relationship with mountain climbing. While I enjoy the phenomenal views from the top, the grueling climb deters me. I once tackled Mount Kenya with a friend. We started among the shambas1 of Chogoria and spent two days climbing toward the peaks. Around 11,000 feet I began to suffer from altitude […]

You Say You Wanna Revolution . . .

Forget your carefully manicured understanding of Good Friday for a moment. Close your mind to hindsight and step back to that grizzly day, almost two thousand years ago. From heaven’s perspective, Jesus died as a sacrifice for the sin of the world; but from the perspective of everyone except His followers, Jesus was crucified because […]

No Casual Followers, Please!

Social Media has focused the attention of millions of people on gathering followers. Re-tweets, likes, pins, friends, shares, favorites, and follows accumulate like treasure in our online accounts. So I wonder whether Jesus would have failed on Social Media. His words to a multitude sound as though they were designed to drive people away, not […]