Building Blocks

In 1 Peter 2 the apostle Peter tells us that we are like bricks (or stones) being fit together to build a house. The metaphor here is that followers of Christ fit together to form a complete structure. Placed together properly, the whole is greater than the sum of its 

Unlikely Christians

There's a running theme throughout the Bible wherein God's people are likened to a farmer's crop at harvest. The wheat (God's people) are separated from the weeds, chaff, and other plants that cannot be used for food; one is stored while the other is disposed. God clearly contrasts those who 

Anybody's Church

Church isn't always the most welcoming place. Once a friend and I stopped by a random church one Sunday evening and took a seat in a pew close, but not at, the front. Within a few minutes an usher approached us and asked my friend to remove his hat. It's 

The One Thing

It's easy to become distracted. Everyone's life tends toward busyness these days. Church-life, even, can oft be chaotic. It's easy to become involved in so many things that most of our "free" time is occupied--leaving very little for recharging. Through all the busyness. Through all the chaos. 

Outreach versus Reaching Out

A passage of scripture that has been resounding in my mind for years has been Matthew 28:19-20: Jesus' command is both sobering and compelling. As followers of Christ our mission is to both know God ("surely I am with you always") and make Him known ("make disciples of all nations").