March 5th, 2014 |
“Your introduction is the most important paragraph you will write.” I remember these words from junior high composition class. My teacher would emphasize that a good writer might spend double or triple the time on crafting the perfect introduction as … Continue reading
March 5th, 2014 |
Author: Matthew Date: Around 60 AD Audience: The Jewish community Purpose: To link the person and teachings of Jesus to the Old Testament promises of Messiah The Gospel of Matthew was written by the disciple Matthew– the infamous tax collector-turned-follower … Continue reading
March 4th, 2014 |
The #LentChallenge starts TOMORROW! Make sure to download a copy of the reading plan here. And here are some ideas to make it a great experience!
March 3rd, 2014 |
On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit blew across the church and pilgrims from around the empire heard the Gospel in their own languages. Acts 2:12 tells us that bystanders were “amazed and confused.” They asked “what can this … Continue reading
March 2nd, 2014 |
In Acts 23-25, we find Paul under house arrest in Caesarea. For two years, he waited for his journey to start again. It’s interesting to note that the Biblical and historical records don’t reveal any activity from Paul during this … Continue reading
Category Archives: Church History
From the Garden of Eden to Canaan to Egypt to Jerusalem to Babylon to Antioch to Rome to Wittenberg to Washington, DC. From Adam to Abraham to David to Jesus to Paul to Augustine to St. Patrick to Luther to … Continue reading
“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.” Acts 20:22 Seven years ago, I came to Jerusalem with seven other pastors. To describe our story sounded like the beginning … Continue reading
For about six years, I’ve been leading something at NCC called The Story– through the chronological story of the Bible in three nights. Tonight, I’m going to continue The Story with the second part. The Story of the Church. Bruce … Continue reading
“Thanks.” That’s what I said as I stood in front of St. Peter’s tomb in the excavations underneath the Vatican. We Protestants don’t have heroes. Or at least we don’t have many. I guess Jim Elliot, Lottie Moon, and Martin … Continue reading
You might have clued into it at some point along the way, but I’ve just returned from a 2-week adventure in Greece and Italy, following largely in the footsteps of Paul with a few sides trips to cool places like … Continue reading
Well, we just returned to the hotel from our final night in Rome. Here is a wrap-up of our trip.
Just a couple of quick thoughts from Rome. One spot is called Tre Fontane, and it is the location of Paul’s imprisonment and execution. The other is from St. Paul’s Basilica, which traditionally is believed to hold the remains of … Continue reading
Spent the day in Athens. Toured the Acropolis, including the Parthenon, the Odeion, and the Erechtheion. Temple of Hephaisteion, Stoa of Attalos and Temple of Zeus. Ate some great gyros. And scrambled all over Mars Hill, where Paul proclaimed the … Continue reading
Alright, there was a lot to show in Corinth, so…let’s get started. Video #1: Port of Cenchrae (Acts 18:18, Romans 16:1) Video #2: At the Bema in Corinth (Acts 18:12-16) Video #3: Between To Temples (1 Corinthians 1:18-31, 1 Corinthians … Continue reading
Here are Ryan’s reflections on Nicopolis. And here are Heather’s reflections on Nicopolis. And she meant when Paul was writing to Titus…not Timothy. Details, details.
Here’s another video update.
I recorded this for Theology 101 the other day and thought I would share it here, as well.
Alright, Campers. It’s too late to blog, so I’m bringing you a little video instead!
Acts 15:40- Paul begins his second missionary journey The Holy Spirit doesn’t allow him to preach in Phrygia or Galatia. So he goes to Bithynia, but the Holy Spirit won’t let him preach there, either. “So, passing by Mysia, they … Continue reading
For those who are interested, here’s what I’ll be up to for the next couple of weeks: Feb 27, Sun Depart Home Airport for Thessaloniki, Greece (SKG). Feb 28, Mon Plan arrival by 1:45 PM at the Thessaloniki airport for … Continue reading
In 2005, I embarked on my first trip that might be described as a pilgrimage. I joined 6 other clergy from various theological streams (Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, Episcopalian, etc…it sounded like the beginning of a bad joke). We traveled to … Continue reading
In the vein of not taking ourselves too seriously, we always like to poke a little fun at our lead pastor, Mark Batterson. Two years ago, we created this little gem. Last year, Amanda Giobbi masterminded this little bit of … Continue reading
“When the heathen hear God’s oracles on our lips they marvel at their beauty and greatness. But afterwards, when they mark that our deeds are unworthy of the words we utter, they turn from us with scoffing and say that … Continue reading
Incarnational discipleship happens when we grow closer to Christ by becoming his hands and feet to the world around us. It happens through missions, social justice, and service to our communities. The missions movements of the 18th and 19th centuries … Continue reading
Personal discipleship was brought to the forefront of church history by Pietists and Puritans who sought to connect the mind of the reformed with the heart of a personal revivalist. Personal discipleship was fueled by the observation and practice of … Continue reading
Intellectual discipleship burst onto the stage of church history during the Protestant Reformation. It was fueled by a desire to learn and was captured by Martin Luther’s statement at the Diet of Worms, “unless I can be convinced by Scripture … Continue reading
As the church transitioned from a movement to an institution in the late fourth century, the Relational mode of discipleship gave way to a more Experiential mode of discipleship. Buildings for worship were constructed, incense was burned, music was composed, … Continue reading
Relational discipleship was the primary approach to spiritual growth in the early church. There were no church buildings, hymnals, financial campaigns, or even creeds. The church was just people. And people grew closer to God as they grew closer to … Continue reading
In the study Sacred Roads, I introduce readers to five discipleship trends- relational, experiential, intellectual, personal, and incarnational. While each seemed to play a dominant role in a specific period of time, all of them have been practiced throughout Biblical … Continue reading