Discipleship and the Local Church

Discipleship. What comes to your mind when you think of this word? The need for a discipleship program in your church or hometown? A picture of Jesus wowing the first disciples with miracles, or mesmerizing them with His words? Hopeless confusion as to what Jesus really meant by the Great Commission? Bitter cynicism as result of good intentions gone south? …

What’s in a Name? Why You Shouldn’t Skip the Geneologies

When I’m reading the Bible, I find it really easy to “skim” through certain parts. Or skip them all together.  Some of the laws are just plain hard to get through (for example, most of Leviticus).  It’s pretty easy to skip through the prophecies as well; it can feel like reading a history textbook. It is especially easy to skip through genealogies…so …

Learning to Love God's Word

I love coffee. Like… really love. We’re talking borderline coffee snob, here.  If you ever visit my apartment, this fact will go without saying. You’d probably notice the constant collections of mugs in the kitchen sink and shelves full of brewing equipment. The electric pot, the kettle, the Aeropress, the French press, the Chemex, the filters, the burr grinder, the beans…what …