Think About It Archive

Dating Jesus. Could we be doing that?

January 11, 2018

Dating Jesus. Could we be doing that? Whether we are aware or not, the church today is challenged by a growing population of attenders who, unlike Jesus or the early church, are more concerned about what the church can do for them or offer them than how they can engage in the kingdom principles of personal…

Backing up on our walk with Jesus…

January 4, 2018

Backing up on our walk with Jesus is something we are all tempted to do at some point in time. It could be reasonably argued that even the twelve closest to him at least took a turn South when Jesus was securely enclosed in the tomb. During the span of Jesus’ three year earthly disciple-making ministry,…

Imagine a young couple displaced in a strange town…

December 21, 2017

Imagine a young couple displaced in a strange town, alone in a crude stable awaiting the birth of their child – a first for them both. Labor begins, and Joseph frowns at his calloused, incapable hands. Hands which are capable for woodwork to be sure, but sufficient to deliver his baby? Concerned and ill-suited for such…

“Joseph, I have something to tell you.”

December 14, 2017

“Joseph, I have something to tell you.” One could greatly speculate on the thoughts and conversations that took place beginning with the choosing of a pure but common teenage girl who as a virgin would conceive and become Mother of the Messiah of Israel and the Rescuer of all mankind. Whatever possessed her to think…

How short-armed is your faith experience?

December 7, 2017

How short-armed is your faith experience? Does what you do to love God completely and love others as yourself truly extend beyond the boundaries of yourself, your home and your church? This enhanced re-iteration of Deuteronomy 6:5 is God’s greatest command to his followers: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart,…

The Christian life

November 30, 2017

The Christian life is unavoidably messy and often in tension. This is especially true if you are in a grace-based environment. Life may be “easier” navigating the black and white world of legalism, with clearly defined dos and don’ts, but not nearly as Christ-dependent or as satisfying. I believe this will increasingly be true for…

If we really took the directions from scriptures…

November 16, 2017

If we really took the directions from scriptures as commands and good counsel, we would likely be more committed to self-improvement. Not so much with physical conditioning and weight loss, but more about concern for the spiritual health of ourselves and others. Do you believe it’s your responsibility to help build and maintain a healthy…

She didn’t want to talk about husbands…

November 9, 2017

She didn’t want to talk about husbands. Having 5 husbands was bad enough and now living in a “shack up” situation wasn’t an image builder either. But . . . Jesus masterfully exposed the truth as He unveils one woman’s life. Are you familiar with the story in John 4? This woman’s life was scandalous.…

Doubting Thomas

October 31, 2017

Doubting Thomas. That’s what we call him. But let’s not be too hard on Thomas. We’re often more like him than we’d care to admit. We may have no doubt that Jesus is God, the very Son of God and has risen from the dead. Yet we waver in our faith over things that are…

What hangs in the balance of your one small step of obedience?

October 23, 2017

What hangs in the balance of your one small step of obedience? It could be quite surprising. It may be something grand in scale. It may be something unrecognized by humankind. But every opportunity, every potential step of faith has rich potential and is significant to God. That’s part of why our faith journey with…

Because You Say So, I Will…

October 18, 2017

“Because you say so, I will . . . . .” Isn’t that the response we would love to hear from our children? Whether it makes sense to them at the time. Whether it goes against their first impulse. Whether it is a momentary inconvenience or sacrifice. Whether it seems like a waste of time…

In most team sports, being on the field implies…

October 13, 2017

In most team sports, being on the field implies your participation is integral to the success of your team. This may not be a perfect analogy, but I remember playing Pee Wee Baseball and early Little League. Fewer balls made it to right field, so the kid planted there was often more preoccupied with chasing butterflies…