Dear Subway, Please Don’t Leave Us With a Bad Taste in Our Mouths…

I remember looking forward to eating Subway often as a little kid.  You were one of the only chain restaurants my health conscious mom would take us to.  And I have to admit to continuing the tradition as an adult. However, the recent news about Subway’s spokesman has deeply saddened and disgusted me, in a […]

Thoughts on Suffering

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing for your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  –James 1:2-4 “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he […]

On Severed Hands and Heroes

This past week we launched a new project called “the seenworks” to tell stories of God’s faithful servants throughout the world doing good work for His kingdom, at great sacrifice to their own.  The purpose is both to raise awareness of these works to increase involvement, but also to encourage believers to follow in their […]

The Season of Advent

This past week was the first week of Advent which is, of course, a time of awaiting the coming of the Christ.  We observe the first waiting experienced by the Israelites in exile, but also take note of our own waiting for his return. All through the OT, they are expecting, not personal salvation so […]

Kingdom Building- (guest post by Jared Davis)

My good friend Jared and I are preparing for  a two week trip to Mexico.  Below is a bit written by Jared touching on the intent, not only of this trip, but the reason for the focus on the Kingdom of God on this blog, as well as, increasingly, all that we do. “Kingdom building” […]

What is the Gospel? part 2: “Supplanting the Steward”

One way to understand what the Gospel of Jesus is, is to seek understanding as to what it means for our lives. What do you think of when you think of living out Gospel in the world?  For many, this simply means living as others, but with moral behavior, Christian interests, and a nicer than average […]

The Weak or the Strong

“Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you! For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death because we have become a […]

The Prodigal Son

Several months ago I had a discussion with some folks about Jesus’ Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) following a sermon on the same topic.  The discussion revolved around understanding the two sons, and figuring out which one we most identify with.  Am I the younger son who feels entitled to riches but needs […]

What is the Gospel? part 1

“After some days Felix came with is wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, ‘Go away for the present.  When I get an opportunity I will […]

The Upside Down Kingdom

“‘These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.’ And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things.” Acts 17:6-8 The Jews in Jesus’ & […]