Wilson, Lennon, and Jesus

October 3, 2019

At the Versailles Peace Conference of 1919, following an adoring reception by thousands of Parisians, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson told assembled leaders that they had the chance to establish peace where all others had failed. He added that  “Even Jesus Christ had failed because he gave us the ideal without devising a practical scheme to … Read More

Peace in the Sandbox

September 26, 2019

When thinking about our great God and His amazing attributes, I would have to say that His sovereignty is my all-time favorite.  One simple and mind-blowing way to describe the sovereignty of God is that He is absolutely in control of all things. For some people, the knowledge that God is in control can bring … Read More

Sam, the Missional Dog

September 19, 2019

I may own the most popular dog in the neighborhood.  Two weeks ago I got a little Patterdale Terrier named Sam.  He’s adorable, but super energetic, so we’re often out in the neighborhood walking or in my backyard playing.  In the two weeks I’ve had him, I may have met and had a conversation with … Read More

The Apostle Paul and Jazz

September 12, 2019

Wynton Marsalis, internationally renowned jazz and classical musician, writes movingly about two aspects of jazz he discovered early in his career.  First, jazz teaches you to express your uniqueness.  “Through jazz, we learn that people are never all one way.  Each musician has strengths and weaknesses.  We enjoy hearing musicians struggle with their parts, and … Read More

Mornings With God

September 5, 2019

For a while I’ve been setting an alarm on my phone with the intention of going to the gym for a morning workout. Every morning when I wake up to that alarm, I look for any excuse not to go to the gym. Sometimes I’ve already conjured up an excuse the night before! “I’m still … Read More

Seeking the Peace of the City

August 29, 2019

If GRC picked up and left the community, how would our community feel? Would our city weep? Would anybody even notice? Would anybody care? Given the increasing tensions many Christians feel between the biblical worldview and the values of our culture, our first reaction to those questions might be, “Of course they wouldn’t care. We … Read More

Giving Out Our Poverty

August 22, 2019

I grew up in a church where most members lived below the poverty line, though, you would never have guessed it. Not because they attempted to live outside of their means; it was clear they did not own many expensive things. But because they shared and gave gifts to each other in a way that … Read More

Promises in Brokenness

August 16, 2019

“Brokenness” as a term has become common in its usage, a lot more in the secular world. The world has begun to take pride in it and is looking for acceptance and healing in the wrong places. The usage “proud of my scars” has come to be tossed around, making way to defiance of the … Read More

Three-Directional Love

August 8, 2019

Sometimes we can lose the forest for the trees.  Sometimes we look up and realize we’ve just been going through the motions of living out our faith: church attendance, spiritual disciplines, service, and the like, but not necessarily passionately engaged. You may wonder how all these faith-activities relate to the rest of your daily life … Read More

Biblical Hospitality is Gospel Ministry, Part 2

August 1, 2019

Hello GRC! In last week’s Voice of Grace, I mentioned a book by Rosaria Butterfield that I called one of the most important books I’ve read because I NEEDED to hear its message. In today’s Part 2, I’d like to share a few thoughts on why I believe the church also needs to hear this … Read More