Are we seeking the glory that comes from God?

This month I’m doing some reading in the book of John, which is a great book to read because it has so many levels, from clear, basic teachings of the gospel to deep, complex ideas about who Jesus is and what that should mean to us as his disciples. And in the fifth chapter, Jesus … Continue reading Are we seeking the glory that comes from God?

“Failing upward:” How to succeed in service to God

Have you ever heard the phrase “failing upward?” If you follow sports, you’ve probably seen a lot of it – or at least it feels that way. The coaching ranks are rife with people who failed miserably at their last job, got fired, and were immediately hired by someone. If our team does the hiring, … Continue reading “Failing upward:” How to succeed in service to God

Knowing Jesus: The severity of sin

Last week, we talked about Jesus' focus on seeking the lost. He never missed an opportunity to teach or influence, and displayed a single-mindedness that sometimes seemed like obsession to his disciples. There's an important implication to that: if it's so important to seek the lost, then being lost must be a truly horrible thing. … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: The severity of sin

Knowing Jesus: Seeking the lost

Jesus came to this world in order to accomplish a number of things, and we read about them throughout scripture—some in Jesus' own words, some revealed to us by the apostles whom Jesus had entrusted with the Gospel message (John 14:26, Matt. 10:27). But there was one particular mission that Jesus seemed to embrace with every moment of his … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Seeking the lost