Author: E.Stevens

No dualism

Often some in the church have difficulty speaking about the goodness of creation in light of all the evil we suffer, often at the hands of others. This fuels the perception of God’s mission mentioned earlier, “The point of God’s mission is to get me to heaven because this...

A Non-Going Church

To build a non-going church, you make sure that the bond with Jesus is weak, that every decision is tepid and triple-checked, and dissuade people from taking risks. —Eric Brown  ...

Go Where Your Are

A little less than two hundred times does the Bible instruct us to “go.” Never once does the Bible instruct us to “hide.”...

Fixed or Flexible?

“Too much of the current missional conversation sounds like our need to intentionally accomplish a predetermined task for God rather than seeing signs of what God is up to and living a response to what God is doing.”   –Leonard Sweet (So Beautiful)...

What if…

What if Peter, after turning his back, would not have come back to Jesus?  What if Peter just ran away never to be seen again or, even worse, had followed the path of Judas, and ended his own life?  What if Judas had not ended his life?  What if...

Visitors from the East

The Magi--sometimes known as "wise men"--are too smart for Herod, though, and manage to visit the baby (who may have been a toddler by the time they found him) and then return home without giving up anything to Herod.  Well-done, Magi!...

Ways and Means

"The worship team member, however, who equates spiritual vitality with musical excellence and emotional thrill expects too little. Seek God who is above all means, Wesley urged."...

Leadership

“7 Principles to Lead as Jesus Led” by Ed Stetzer at ChristianityToday.com #deilfbtw...

Joseph’s brief moment in the spotlight

Had a gospel been written by someone who knew Joseph and Mary and family while the kids were growing up (Can you imagine what a story that might be?), we might see what a significant influence these two faithful servants of God were on their children, including the child...

Ways and Means

"God is above all means. God is the initiator in the spiritual encounter. God is the first witness; human effort is always a subsequent witness." [https://picography.co/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/stone-bridge-over-river-sm.jpg] ...