The Government’s Mission is to Serve Christ

The title of this post seems ridiculous – especially in this post-Christian world. But its true. The Government’s Mission is to Serve Christ. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor, prophet, martyr, spy – gives the rationale behind this idea: The mission of government to serve Christ is at the same time its inescapable destiny. Government serves Christ noContinue reading “The Government’s Mission is to Serve Christ”

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Top Ten Books of 2014

Christmas is the best time of the year to make lists! Santa Claus is checking his list of kids who were naughty and nice, deciding which kids are going to get presents and which kids are going to get coal. The nice kids are making lists of toys they want. (God bless the greedy littleContinue reading “Top Ten Books of 2014”

Book Giveaway – Strange Glory by Charles Marsh

Last week I wrote a review of Charles Marsh’s “Strange Glory.” This is an excellent and highly entertaining biography. It is very well written; at times it felt as though I were reading a novel, not a historical biography. But more importantly than that it is comprehensive, it goes beyond merely reporting the standard story,Continue reading “Book Giveaway – Strange Glory by Charles Marsh”

Book Review – Strange Glory by Charles Marsh

Pastor. Martyr. Prophet. Spy. Those are the four words that Eric Metaxas used to describe Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his magisterial biography of the famous German-Lutheran pastor/theologian. The Bonhoeffer that Charles Marsh offers in this new biography of Bonhoeffer could be aptly described by those four words as well, however he adds two new words toContinue reading “Book Review – Strange Glory by Charles Marsh”

Jesus Christ and the Essence of Christianity

It is well known that Adolf von Harnack along with other German theologians of the early 20th century promoted a “return” to the essence of Christianity. They believed that through the centuries Christianity had been perverted by Hellenistic philosophy. True Christianity – the essence of Christianity – was found in the teachings of Jesus, notContinue reading “Jesus Christ and the Essence of Christianity”

Book Review – In Search of Deep Faith by Jim Belcher

Jim Belcher, In Search of Deep Faith: A Pligrimage into the Beauty, Goodnes, and Heart of Christianity, IVP, 2013, 318pp. I read Deep Church when I started doing vocational ministry and it absolutely shaped my approach to ministry so I began to read this book with very high expectations. It’s safe to say that myContinue reading “Book Review – In Search of Deep Faith by Jim Belcher”

Why I Do I Meditate on Scripture?

When faced with the question, “Why do you meditate on scripture?” here is what Dietrich Bonhoeffer gives two answers. The first flows out of his identity in Christ…. Because I am a Christian. Therefore, every day in which I do not penetrate more deeply into the knowledge of God’s Word in Holy Scripture is aContinue reading “Why I Do I Meditate on Scripture?”

The Essence of Coaching (pt. 2): Cultivating Community

The Essence of Coaching – Cultivating Community So last time we looked at some steps we could take to help cultivate a culture of transformation among our leaders and their Life Groups. Today we will take a look at what it would look like to cultivate a love for community in them. One of myContinue reading “The Essence of Coaching (pt. 2): Cultivating Community”