God in the Kitchen

“Lord, is it fair that my sister sits there [at your feet] while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help.”…The Lord answered, “ Martha, Martha, you are in a dither about many things!  Yet only one thing is needful and Mary has chosen it….” [Luke 9: 40, 41, 42].

Poor Martha! She really takes it on the chin for being so caught up in mundane tasks. Did Jesus expect her to leave her kitchen duties and join Mary at his feet? Maybe not. How then would  their many guests get fed?  Can’t we go about our ordinary tasks and still maintain a loving relationship with Jesus Christ? Continue reading

To Reconcile or Exclude, A Dilemma.

All nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates sheep from goats. [Matthew 25: 32]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “…the mystery of Christ is this: to unite all things in him in heaven and earth.”(Ephesians 1, 9, 10)

Recently I spoke with a friend about God’s mystery, i.e. his ultimate plan to unite all things in Christ. He countered with the sheep and goats parable, implying God’s plan is to divide rather than unite.  He has a point. How do we reconcile this parable that excludes people with His intention to unite all things?   Continue reading

God’s Dream of Unity

In One Accord.   Imagine for a moment the discordant, jangling of trumpets, flutes and violins, all  tuning to different keys, warming up to perform a concert. Can you hear it? Suddenly there’s a tapping as the maestro flourishes his wand. It comes down and the harsh discord miraculously transforms into an exquisite sound, flooding  the auditorium with the wonder of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. These are no longer just individual instruments,  but have joined as a single entity, under one head, uniting in perfect harmony.    Continue reading

Seven Principles to Help a Congregation Thrive

Introduction: These series of posts are designed to outline the unique management style of Jesus in his ministry and the leaders of the Jerusalem church, the most successful in history. In them we find excellent models for leading churches in any era. Surprisingly, the methods are quite modern, following principles of the latest and best social science research.  More importantly, they faithfully hold to God’s Word and the leading of His Spirit. A congregation employing  these management principles may go far to successfully fulfill Christ’s mission.

Sadly, these principles and methods often fly in the face of the how churches are traditionally managed. We offer them with the prayer they will be examined and tried, which may alleviate errors in leadership that have greatly weakened the body of Christ.     Continue reading

I Am Not the Light of the World

Jesus said, ”I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me shall have the light of life.” [John 9:5)   “You together are the Light of the World.” (Mt. 5:14)

When I was a child I sang like a child, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” But when I became a man, I realized my lone little light can put out very little of this world’s darkness.   

Who Is the Light of the World? It is Jesus of course.  But is that the full story? While on earth Jesus was an individual, limited by time and space. He put out darkness where he was physically present. But Jesus is no longer here. He is in heaven by the Father’s side,  praying for his church. We are his body now, his earthly proxy, scattered throughout the world. So I am not ”the light of the world,” and you are not “the light of the world” But together we are when we are one in his Spirit.   Continue reading