April 22nd, 2014 |
I remember the first race that I ran as a first grader. When I got to the end of the mile fun run and crossed the finished line, I was a little disoriented. Where do I go now? Where are … Continue reading
April 19th, 2014 |
Here are the songs, Scriptures, and readings from our 2014 Good Friday service. Introduction Lights up on table with bread and pitcher. Song: Reconciliation (Chris Douglas) Reading: Matthew 26:26-30 Introduction Video Song: True Love (Phil Wickham) The Passion Journey Matthew … Continue reading
April 17th, 2014 |
Author: John Date: mid-90s AD Audience: Seven Churches Purpose: To give hope to persecuted Christians and declare God’s final victory Christ followers in the first century faced daily choices to trust in Jesus as persecution began to sweep through the … Continue reading
April 16th, 2014 |
1 John Author: John Date: 85AD Audience: Believers in Asia Minor Purpose: To expose false teachings and assure believers of their salvation The disciple John wrote Jesus’ biography in the Gospel narratives, and he wrote a series of letters to … Continue reading
April 15th, 2014 |
Author: Peter Date: 64-45 AD; 67-68 AD Audience: Churches in Asia Minor experiencing persecution Purpose: To provide encouragement and instruction to the Church The early church faced two significant threats. From outside the church, the threat of persecution grew. Inside … Continue reading
Tag Archives: pilgrimage
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
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
In 1 Samuel 16, David was anointed the next king of Israel, but he didn’t take the throne immediately. Instead, he went back to the pastures to tend the sheep. In 1 Samuel 17, David defeated Goliath at the Elah … Continue reading
(Editorial Note: Ignore the stupid face I make at the end. I thought the videographer had already stopped the camera. Whoops). Land plays a critical role in the story of the Bible. In fact, land is as important a character … Continue reading
When you study the Bible in the land where it happened, your surroundings add a new dimensionality to your understanding. The geography itself tells a story. The history and culture give us new frames. And when you go on that … 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
“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
Pilgrimage gives me a new perspective on Scripture. I know the Bible is real. I believe that and teach that. In fact, one of the things that compels me to do my job is an insatiable desire to see people … Continue reading
I played around with a lot of different titles for this one: “God loves idiots.” “God loves people I can’t stand.” “God loves people that drive me bonkers.” I decided it’s really just an issue of God’s love being bigger … 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’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!
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