Shepherd with a Floodlight

It’s been a tough week so far. I have been disturbed by what is going on in Iraq. The violence inflicted on adults and children has kept me awake at night. The spread of the Ebola virus in Africa has been scary to watch as well. It has been heart wrenching to see the young and old dying from…

Learning to Overcome

One summer while I was in college I worked as a ministry intern at a small church near Philadelphia. I did some teaching, preaching, event planning, working with youth, among other things. I also led a small group bible study during the week and the book of James was the topic. On the very first…

The Ignored Leader

If I were to ask you who the greatest figure in early church history was after Pentecost, who would it be? Many of you would name Peter, Paul, maybe even Stephen or John, but I would bet that very few would think to mention James. James was however one of the most influential leaders in…

Our Church, the Jesus Gathering

The word “church” is used in our culture to refer to the building where Christians gather, in reference to different Christian denominations, and also to refer to the Sunday worship event. But the biblical word “church,” or “ecclesia,” carries a different meaning. In the first century, the word was used, even among non-Christians, to refer…

Our Mission, the Jesus Mission

What is the central mission of the Christian church? We know that we are to be a people that are to “love God” and to “love our neighbor as ourselves” as we learn from the Jesus Creed. We also should know that the community of Christ is to be a people of the Jesus Prayer.…

Our Prayer, the Jesus Prayer

Every week the global Church gathers for communal worship.  They gather to sing songs of praise, read from the Scriptures, fellowship with the Saints, break bread, hear an exhortation from the Word, and without a doubt Christians always pray when they gather together.  And the prayer that is prayed the most in worship services around…