One of my favorite summary statements of what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus is in 1 John 4:19 . . . "We love because He first loved us." God made the first move to love us by moving toward us in Jesus. That love moves us to vertical love for Him … Continue reading The Essence of Cruciform Discipleship
Those grand and glorious cathedrals built in the Middle Ages may have something to teach us about the way we live the Christian life today. The medieval church ministered to a culture that had no direct, personal access to the Scriptures in their own language. The church leaders of that era were faced with the … Continue reading We Need More Cruciform Churches
In his recent post "Living Gospel-Centered," Tim Challies answers a question from a reader about the concept of being "Gospel-centered." Since that's what we hope to be the central theme of this blog, I thought it would be important to pass this on to our readers. Here's an excerpt: Gospel The first thing we’ll need … Continue reading What Is “Gospel-Centered”?
Hardly an aspect of our everyday lives is not governed by our sense of the promise this or that activity, relationship, or commitment holds for our well-being. We choose a life partner because we believe this relationship holds the promise for our maximum happiness in marriage. We pursue careers and change jobs in the hope … Continue reading We Are Promise Driven