I guess you could call me a disciple of RVL. I’ve made use all of his That the World May Know studies either in church or for personal study. Multiple times, too. His approach to reading scripture, which I know is not unique to him, changed completely both the way I read the Bible and the love I have for God’s word. This weekend, Gloria and are attending a seminar he is hosting. This will…..
You’ve seen our bumper stickers and bookmarks. Oh, don’t forget our doormats and Facebook posts. So, obviously, you know that us Christians like to share Bible verses. It’s an extremely common thing. We’re used to it, and we know you expect it. That’s why we do it even if you don’t ask us to. We know your heart. Another common place I’ve seen Bible verses referenced is in cards. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, get…..
I told this story in my message last Sunday: A pastor visited a couple at their home. They enjoyed good conversation and a wonderful dinner. When the pastor left, the wife turned to her husband and said, “He stole my good spoon.” “No, he didn’t,” her husband replied. The wife kept this to herself for the next year, until the pastor was able to join them again for dinner. As they took their seats to…..
Most people who have ever heard me preach can tell that I love to preach. Most people don’t know, however, that I love to teach even more. Yes, the two are related, but preaching is limited in its function. There’s an interaction when you teach that you cannot have when you preach, at least the way our preaching has developed. When most people listen to me preach, that’s what they do, listen. Some people barely…..
When it comes to the Bible, if there’s one thing that drives a pastor crazy it’s that many people in the church don’t make time to read, study and meditate on scripture. If there are two things that drive this pastor crazy it’s 1) see the previous sentence and 2) many who do read the Bible are content with the sound bite versions they read. This isn’t anything new. And many have often complained. I, for one, have…..