Shout It to the Heavens

Washington DC. RFK Stadium. 50,000 men. Preaching by greats like EV Hill and more. Gathered for one reason. To worship God. When the singing began, the stadium rocked and vibrated. Now I am sure it did that for the football teams that played there back then. I mean, I root for the Redskins quite often,…

Disciplines …. Habits of Grace … Means of Joy

I rarely talk about a book before I’ve read the entirety, but recently I was drawn to the cover of a new book by David Mathis. Mathis is a pastor and an executive at desiringgod.org. The book – Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus Through the Spiritual Disciplines. Grace is very important to me, (See previous…

Grace, Have Mercy … thoughts from Me & David Jeremiah

His story is one of rebellion and forgiveness – a sinner most of us would discount, a preacher reached by the amazing grace of God – a human trafficker that became the one who pinned one of the greatest hymns of all times. I am referring to John Newton, the slave merchant reached by God’s…

Grace … TD Jakes on Grace in the Workplace

I googled ‘grace in action’ and ‘picture of grace’ and a few other searches in an attempt to have a visual illustration of what grace looks like in real life. I mean, if we are challenged to show grace then I was curious how the world thought it would look like. What I got was…

Grace … Get it, Share it, Appreciate it

I met a guy this weekend. A young man that understands grace in a way that I never really will. Scripture tells us that the one forgiven much – loves much. Now don’t get me wrong, I know I am a sinner and I know I don’t deserve His grace … but I also know…

Weeds of Bitterness, Fruit of Forgiveness

Forgiveness and the Root of Bitterness … Years ago, while on my hands and knees weeding a flower garden at Friendship Baptist, Jim Reese politely and humorously gave me weeding advice. Yeah, not the best at flower gardening … but I did appreciate his advice. I think the chairman of deacons enjoyed way too much…

A Rescue to Remember

They’ve all been rescued. 12 teens and their assistant coach. Heroic actions by Thai seal divers, including one diver who gave his life in the process. Drama, suspense, peril – – all while the world watches. Unless you’ve been in solitary confinement, you know to what I am referring. And I, along with millions, wept,…

Hospitality, Xenia, and Turquoise Tables

Crazy Auntie Maxine is at it again … the US Senator from California states, “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere…

Tribalism, part 2

So we are in a volatile world. Duhh. So we are divided and fragmented. Duhh. So we have anger that is escalating and some are calling for utter annihilation of “the enemy” (whomever that is today). How did we get here? And more importantly, how do we get out of this “here”? We discussed the…

Tribalism in an Age of Outrage

Will return to the all-mysterious Winnie the Pooh in a day or so. But today and tomorrow, I want to focus on tribalism. Tribalism … one author calls the tribal spirit the common demonic zeitgeist of our time. That’s pretty deep. But what is it in terms for people who are more likely to read…