What I Learned from a Weekend with Ex-Cons

This past weekend I spoke at a men’s retreat for Desert View Bible Church. There were about 140 men, mostly guys who attend the church. One of the men works with Alongside Ministries, a ministry that provides Christ-centered mentoring to the incarcerated community. He brought about 15 men who have been released from prison in theContinue reading “What I Learned from a Weekend with Ex-Cons”

Stop Putting Jesus First

It’s common for Christians and Christian leaders to talk about their priorities. Usually they list it something like: Relationship with Jesus. Family. Friends. Work. Church. While this approach is surely well-intentioned, I think there’s a better way. Rather than seeing Jesus as the top priority, picture him as the hub of the wheel of yourContinue reading “Stop Putting Jesus First”

Christians Should Know Better Than Anyone That They Aren’t Better Than Anyone

The prerequisite to becoming a Christian is to admit that you are a failure before God. Without this awareness, there’s no real appreciation for God’s amazing grace. The longer you live as a Christian, the more of a failure you realize you are. At the beginning you see the failure in your actions. But overContinue reading “Christians Should Know Better Than Anyone That They Aren’t Better Than Anyone”

Lessons from Les Misérables

This post is probably a few weeks late, but perhaps that will allow for more people to have seen the incredible film adaptation of Les Misérables and appreciate these lessons. I have loved Les Misérables for a long time in play form and was thrilled by the film version. While the singing was not as naturallyContinue reading “Lessons from Les Misérables”

I am Far More Sinful and Wicked Than I Ever Dared Believe and Far More Loved and Accepted in Christ Than I Ever Dared Hope

I’m doing a series of posts on sentences that have changed my life (part 1, part 2, part 3) Here’s another: I am far more sinful and wicked than I ever dared believe and far more loved and accepted in Christ than I ever dared hope. I first heard this influential phrase from Tim Keller,Continue reading “I am Far More Sinful and Wicked Than I Ever Dared Believe and Far More Loved and Accepted in Christ Than I Ever Dared Hope”

The Gospel is Not Just the ABC’s but the A-to-Z of the Christian life.

Over a series of posts, I’m writing about the sentences that have changed my life (part 1). Here’s the second: The gospel is not just the ABC’s but the A-to-Z of the Christian life. I’m not exactly sure who first coined this sentence — my guess would be either Dick Kauffman or Tim Keller — butContinue reading “The Gospel is Not Just the ABC’s but the A-to-Z of the Christian life.”

The Radical Grace of God in the Gospel

Check out this incredible chart from Steve Childers and the GCA Church planting manual. If this don’t light your fire, your wood’s all wet! The Radical Grace of God in the Gospel: The Whole Gospel for the Whole Person [table id=1 /] Download a PDF of the chart here or a great article by Childers onContinue reading “The Radical Grace of God in the Gospel”