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Three weeks ago I wrote a post about the best way to build community, highlighting my recent service with small groups and reflecting on what works and what (generally) doesn’t work in getting people to share their lives with one another. After fifteen years of pursuing Christ in community, my most mature conviction about how to do this is to simply take the life I’m already living and invite others to be part of it (as opposed to constantly adding more meetings, more commitments, and so forth).

This week I caught up with my friend Nelson Klaiber to talk about his response to that post. I thought this would interest you because Nelson is the pastor with whom I am currently working as a small group director. Nelson is also a firefighter and an all-around great guy. Continue Reading…

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Given that the podcast is now on iTunes I figured it was time for a new installment. The fifteenth, to be exact. In this episode I talk about the need for those who will come alongside the people of the world and tell them the old, old story of the gospel in a new and living way, just like Jesus did with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. So open your Bible to Luke 24 and dive in.


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It’s been a while, but a new episode of the podcast is finally ready.

The subject this week is “The blessedness of the un-offended,” or “How to be hurt without being offended.” It is a brief and engaging look at the relationship between Jesus and John the Baptist.

Here are the scriptures referenced in this episode: Continue Reading…

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“Blessed are you poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God.” — Jesus

It’s been a while since my last podcast, but a new episode is fresh off the press and ready to go.

In this message I explore the two types of people to whom Jesus said the Kingdom of God belongs, and what that means for us today. I also talk about the two ways Scripture says that a person can “see” and “enter” into the Kingdom of God.

This episode is shorter than previous ones. I hope you enjoy it. Continue Reading…

I’ve been out of town and busy with new responsibilities for the past few weeks, so my blogging and podcast pace has slackened. Instead of recording a new episode this week I’ve dug up an old message I delivered among a small group of friends back in 2009.

The theme of this message is the mystery of Christ and the Church as revealed by Paul in Ephesians and foreshadowed by Adam and Eve in Genesis 1-3. You’ve heard it before, but I hope this will serve as a fresh reminder of the love God has for you in Christ. To lose (and find) yourself in the Bridegroom-Bride relationship with Him never gets old.


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As the order of this age gives way to the Kingdom of God, your allegiance must pass to one side or the other.

Hebrews 12:18-29 is the starting point for this week’s podcast about the peril of divided loyalty. It speaks of the great transition between the old and new covenants that took place following the death and resurrection of Jesus. As a parallel I also talk about the story of Jonathan, son of King Saul, and his relationship to David when the kingship of Israel was passing hands (that story is found in the second half of 1 Samuel). Continue Reading…

How are disciples of Jesus to live and pray in times of national conflict? This is not an easy question to answer, but there is a clear answer if you have eyes to see it.

In today’s episode of the podcast I highlight the prayer of Watchman Nee at the 1938 Keswick Convention. What he spoke from that platform is just as relevant and just as revolutionary today as it was during the second world war.

Why is it relevant today? Continue Reading…

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Last week on the podcast I talked about eating and drinking Christ. Today I’m talking about eating and drinking Christ in community.

Listen, brothers and sisters: The New Testament revelation of who you are in Christ has a certain context which, if you are missing, will frustrate all your efforts to realize the promises of God and walk in His Spirit.

That context is the community of Christ. Continue Reading…

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Did you know that Jesus claimed to be “real” food and drink, and that those who follow Him would be able to eat and drink of Him?

Eating and drinking of Christ in the Spirit–that is the subject of this week’s podcast. Though this episode is over a full hour long, I feel like I only began to touch on a few important elements of the spiritual life. Therefore, please get back to me with any comments or feedback; depending on the response I may do a follow-up post next week. Continue Reading…

Two kinds of peace

February 10, 2015 — 3 Comments
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“I do not give peace the way the world gives peace.”

That is essentially what Jesus said in John 14:27. What did he mean? How does the world give peace? How does Jesus give peace? Are we to live by one in the good times and another in the bad?

All these questions and more are what I explore in the latest episode of the podcast. I hope you benefit from it, and that you share it with other people who will benefit from it as well.


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