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My Life and God's Mission

“I don’t really see how talking about the Trinity is very important.”

The statement moved through my emotions from shock to frustration yet ended in sadness.

This thinking could be the result of low concern for the things of God. Perhaps it’s an illustration of the failure of the Church to preach the whole counsel of God. Regardless the reason, it should serve as a call to action.

We must proclaim the mission of our Triune God.

The Latin phrase Missio Dei is thrown around quite a bit, but most people have no idea what it means.

Tell Me the Condition of Your Soul

“When was the last time someone asked you about the condition of your soul?”

When I posed this question to our Commissioning group last week, we had a few minutes of silence.

“Has there ever been a time when someone has asked about your soul?”


It’s not a typical question, but it’s an important one. Perhaps the fact that we rarely, if ever, ask about a person’s soul betrays our lack of concern for something about which Jesus is intensely passionate.

What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?

Graciously Getting, Generously Giving

In a culture that honors Black Friday more than Thanksgiving, it’s easy to get lost in the getting.

Of course, we can say that we’re buying gifts for other people, and we wouldn’t be fibbing.

Relational Re-"generation"

Sadly, Western culture holds little honor for the elderly.

It’s worse when the Church imitates culture.

In many churches, there are fairly active senior ministries. However, it is a rare case for any other generation to actually interact with their elders. If the Church is meant to equip and support the whole family of God, how then are the younger generations taught to honor their elders?

On the other hand, I’ve heard of churches who have re-focused on the younger generations to the extent that they even encouraged the senior saints to find another place of worship.

Guest Post: Who Am I?

This post is shared by Gail Wise. She serves as the Outreach Director at MorningStar Baptist Church.

It was the third day we were working on building houses in Fermathe, Haiti. We were out on the worksite constructing 10x20 cinder block homes when I began to feel insecure, useless; my world started to feel very large.

My hands fell to my side, and I said, “Who am I?”

I am usually focused on tasks and want to be productive so I felt a bit like I was failing since I couldn’t seem to be either of those.

Guest Post: Sacred vs. Secular

This post is shared by John Pope. He is the elder of preaching and teaching at Refuge City Church in Dayton, OH.

On October 31, 1517 a young boisterous monk burst on the scene debunking the predominant views held by the worldwide church. The young man’s name was Martin Luther. While I do not condone everything Luther condoned, I do believe his writing still has much to offer us today.

Fight Song: The Parent Edition

Some days I seem to wake up motivated. Other days, I could use a fight song.

It makes sense to me, especially being so interested in film. If you watch older movies or even some independent films, you are caught off guard now if there is silence during scene transitions. You expect there to be some background music to carry the mood of the story or take you to a new place.

Whether we want it or not, there is a kind of soundtrack for life.

In the hustle and bustle, the composition is some kind of avant-garde creation.

Just Be Yourself

The longer you live, the more people you become.

I look at my children and sometimes glamorize my "simple" life as a child and son. I only had to think about what I was going to play with for the day. For the first 7 years of life, I didn't even have to share!

Well, I had to learn to share as I interacted as a friend. It's a life transition that continues to this day as I make new friends and learn to relate in a healthy way.

Eventually the day came when I became a brother. You experience life with friends, but you live life with family.

Giving Up

One of the easiest things for us to do is give the absolute best of our time, efforts, and resources to ourselves. From the Fall until now, humans have been fine tuned to play music that bring us the most joy. Selfish pride is at the root of the outgrowth of sin in our lives.

As parents, we are familiar with selfishness. We see it in the faces of our children who don’t want to do as they’re told. It shows up in the little fights with friends over who gets to go first. Its’ ugly head rears when siblings argue over toys.

Set Apart for a Divine Purpose

When each of my three girls were born, I was so overwhelmed by the experience of meeting and holding them for the first time. It is totally natural for a parent to take the little one into their arms, hold them to your chest, and say, “I love you and you’re mine.” And yet, we also must come to the place where we understand that our children are not for our purposes but for God’s.

The LORD said to Moses, ‘Consecrate to me every firstborn male.

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