In July 1994, comet Shoemaker-Levy fragmented and smashed into Jupiter; the impact sites were still visible almost a year later. One of the wonders of nature is the fact that the gas giant planets in our solar system, which orbit much farther from the sun than Earth, shield our planet from the vast majority of
Sin is an ugly thing. I hate my sin. It gets in the way, tends to poison every good thing. If it weren’t for sin, I could accomplish a whole lot more, and everything would be much, much better. God, why are You not more willing to heal my sin and brokenness? It doesn’t
I was reading in 1 Chronicles today about all the gold King David and the rest of Israel gave for the construction of the Temple and its furnishings. In chapter 29 it says that it was 300 tons, plus 185 pounds in gold coins. I was intrigued. How much gold is 300 tons? It sounded
There’s an excellent blog by Thom Schulz called Holy Soup. He has done a great deal of research into the health and vitality of the Church, and shares the results and his insights. Recently he posted a blog about the limited effectiveness of much of the preaching offered on Sunday mornings. A pastor named Duane
Past Tense Chapter 4 Epilogue A few weeks ago I visited a church at which I used to serve. There was a special worship time for a celebration they were having that weekend, and it rocked. I haven’t been to a service at this church for a long time, and very good things were happening.
Past Tense, Chapter 3 A Solution “Chris, let’s take a walk.” His relationship with Dave, the senior pastor, felt as secure as could be expected after just three months, but his posture was all business as Chris nervously followed him into the lobby by the coffee bar. “Chris, I spoke with Shelly O’Brien yesterday. You
Past Tense, Chapter 2 The Issue I love the way The Church has striven to become relevant to American culture. Forty years ago, Willow Creek in Chicago and Saddleback in southern California researched their communities and tailored their churches to meet the needs of unchurched people. Millions of lives have been changed with the gospel
Past Tense, Chapter 1 The Problem Shelly was incensed. Since the new worship guy came, she hadn’t done a single solo. It wasn’t too long ago that she was the one everybody came to when they needed special music of some kind. But she was more than incensed. Shelly was hurt. She had been there