Every so often when strolling through downtown Burbank or the mall in Glendale, I receive a tract from some unknown person trying to spread the Gospel. Most tracts grab the reader’s attention quickly, tell the truth, and offer the person forgiveness from his sins through Jesus Christ. I speculate most Christians view this as “evangelism” (or aka cold evangelism). When seeking to win people to Christ and not just arguments, cold evangelism is one way to evangelize. God calls every Christian to evangelize. Our primary field is those we interact with habitually — family, friends, coworkers, frequently visited places (more here).… Continue reading
Today is a special day for Americans (and those us who have been transplanted into the USA). It’s Thanksgiving. So put down your smartphone, turn off the computer and spend the rest of the weekend with real people: your family, friends and local church. Don’t worry, the internet will still be here on Monday.
Tomorrow is the holiday we call Thanksgiving. Families all over this country will gather around a large feast that typically includes turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potato casserole with little marshmallows on top, and some pumpkin/pecan pie for dessert. You may have some other family tradition foods that you expect to be on the table, such as “green goop” was a family must at my family Thanksgiving meal (though everyone in my family thought it was gross except for my dad).
Many things happen on Thanksgiving that seem to be “traditions,” such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, a Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys game, the end of the college football season, a “Turkey Football” game in folk’s backyards, preparation for “Black Friday,” Turkey Night Grand Prix for NASCAR racing, various marathons where people dress up as turkey’s and run a 5K or 10K, etc., etc.… Continue reading
“Come and listen to a story ‘bout a man named Jed,…”1 Well, not really; rather come and read a story about God’s grace and how it is visible in the history of my local church. By the way, I just want to go on record up front as saying that my local church is the absolute best church anywhere. I know you may disagree and frankly I hope you do because I really hope you think your local church is the best church anywhere!
I remember the first real conversation I had with my husband, more than seven years ago. It was a cool summer evening and there were eight of us or so sitting around an outdoor fire pit. We were sitting across from one another, but soon everyone else had left to go inside. We still joke about that conversation, because while I was gazing at the beautiful starry night, all Matt could seem to talk about was the doctrine of election and his desire to go into pastoral ministry. Little did I know at that time that I would marry him less than two years later, and it is hard to believe that after spending the last four and half years in Southern California while Matt studied at The Master’s Seminary and the Grace Advance Academy, we are now only one week away from moving to Pennsylvania, where my husband will assume the role as the Preaching-Teaching Pastor of High Point Baptist Church in a small community just outside the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area.… Continue reading