Humility is Always Truth

In The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning says, “Perhaps the real dichotomy in the Christian community today is not between conservatives and liberals… but between the awake and the asleep…. Just as a smart man knows he is stupid, so the awake Christian knows he is a ragamuffin. Although truth is not always humility, humility is […]

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Catalyzed by the Gospel

Bill Hybels, the founding pastor of the now famous Willow Creek Community Church, says, “When I was saved at 17, I had a dramatic conversion: I went from a perfomance-based theology to a grace-based theology. In a moment of time, I understood I was loved so much that Christ went to the cross so salvation […]

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A Day at ELCC

Here is a short video of a morning at East Lanier Community Church, the church where we are spending the second year of my church planting residency.

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Mystic Wisdom

English Mystic, Julian of Norwich, said, “The greatest honor we can give to Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love.” Really? But I tend to live so joylessly because of a knowledge of my failure and sin. I am so unlovable. But the gospel is for folks just like […]

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The Real Thing

Brennan Manning (no relation to Archie, Peyton or Eli), in his modern devotional classic, The Ragamuffin Gospel, says, “Unlike Quasimodo, the hunchback of Notre Dame, we need not hide all that is ugly and repulsive in us. Jesus comes not for the super-spiritual, but for the wobbly and the weak-kneed who know that don’t have […]

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A very close friend of mine emailed me the other day asking for a definition of repentance. Hmmm… I heard someone say that repentance is spiritual and moral honesty. Meaning, in repentance I admit that I am a real sinner, and not just one in theory. That’s good (not the sin, but the honesty!). For […]

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The Second Look

I came across a hymn of John Newton today (I don’t know the title, only the words), in which his eyes fix twice on those of Jesus on the cross. The first look overwhelms him with guilt and shame, but the second convinces him of God’s immeasurable grace and complete forgiveness. That is the law […]

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Functional vs. Devotional Prayer

According to Myers-Briggs, I am an INTJ, which means that I like “alone time.” So did Jesus. Listen to Mark 1:34 and Matthew 14:23: “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed…. After he had dismissed them, […]

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