Is Thanksgiving just another holiday that’s highlighted on your calendar, maybe even a day you dread every year due to fractured family relationships? Are you beginning to realize it’s impossible to manufacture gratitude just because the calendar says you should? Thanksgiving can happen for you if grace has happened to you. Experiencing amazing grace through Christ enables believers to express authentic gratitude anytime, anywhere.
Archives for 2023
Let’s face it—it’s hard to preach Acts. It may be easy to throw together a sermon on a random text, like the one many of us have done on the marks of an authentic church from Acts 2:42-47. But where do you go from there? This book shows us a better way. I wish we had commentaries like this when I was a pastor.
Most of us are aware of the death of eminent New York City pastor and author Tim Keller on May 19. But there’s more bad news. Two evangelical colleges in NYC have recently closed. Here’s why it happened and how we should think about it. The harvest is not over in the Big Apple!
This time of year where I live in West Michigan it’s easy to get complacent about the Christian life. For people who aren’t away on vacation, it’s the doldrums, “the dog days of summer.” Whether we’re on vacation or not, by nature we’re fickle. We have short memories. It’s easy to forget that Easter is the center of human history. It’s God’s cure for the summertime blues, not to mention much more important things.
If you want to know whether a person is wise and understanding, James says look at their lifestyle, whether it’s a lifestyle flowing from humility, because that is the acid test of wisdom. To put it another way, for James the good life is a life of good deeds, and a life of good deeds flows from humility, and that humility is the fundamental mark of wisdom. Without wisdom, there is no humility, and without humility there are no good deeds, and without good deeds there is no good life. Got it?!
I hate to pour cold water on colleges and universities at this time of the year when joyful commencement celebrations are happening all over the world, but . . . . Where are the replacements for this year’s grad’s coming from? Who will fill their shoes? Sadly, this year’s commencement will be the last for some schools. And the implications of this downward trend for seminaries is ominous.