A Place of Christian Nurture and Instruction (Part 3)

“Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12 NRSV “Make disciples and teach disciples.” Those were the words which surfaced from a lecture during my studies at Campbell University Divinity

A Place of Christian Nurture and Instruction (Part 2)

“You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well.” II Timothy 2:1-2 NRSV Lillie Alma Pilgreen.  Kathy McDonald.  Barry Williamson.  Pete Pilgreen.  Jim Shafer.  Earl Deal.  I

Reaching Our Community for Christ (Part 4)

“Then (the jailer) brought them outside and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ (Paul and Silas) answered, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’” Acts 16:30-31 NRSV             It was another night: clock in, make eight, go home. Perhaps the jailer went into work that

Reaching Our Community for Christ (Part 3)

“(Philip) asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ (The eunuch) replied, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’” Acts 8:30b-31a New Revised Standard Version             Always available and ever ready for the next big opportunity, that was the evangelist of the early Christ movement who we know as Philip.  At no particular point are

Reaching Our Community for Christ (Part 2)

“When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’” Mark 2:16 (NIV) Can’t you hear them?  “What does he think he is doing?”  “He had better be careful or else he might be

Reaching Our Community for Christ

During my time of reflection in January, I shared what may have been a shocking statement.  No not a statement of my own creativity, but rather one made some years ago by author Rick Warren from his well-known work The Purpose Drive Life: “It’s not about you.” I know that may seem hard to believe,

Why Are We Here?

“It’s not about you.  The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness.  It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions.  If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin