Dear Church, It’s Time to Stop

   Have you ever been approached by a salesperson who is trying too hard to sell you something that it is so obvious you almost feel embarrassed for them. They proclaim how excited they are to present their product, the miraculous benefits, blowing their trumpet of how great and wonderful your life will be once you purchase what they are selling. For way too long this is exactly how many churches have presented themselves to the world. We look like a bunch of desperate salespersons, who seemingly are under tremendous pressure to sell God and meet our quota or else be sacked by the owner. Just scroll through social media platforms and notice how many churches market themselves as the most exciting, relevant, community minded, Read More …

Why God Cannot Use Perfect People

I wanted to do a quick devotion. I was reading in Matthew chapter 10 where we see Jesus calling 12 men which were his disciples to himself and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. They were to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ We then see names of these 12 men that Jesus was sending on a short mission trip. There was Peter, who was an enthusiastic, strong-willed, impulsive man, and, at times, brash. Peter had several failings in his life, including denying he even knew Jesus when Jesus was arrested. There was Andrew always in Read More …