Consider Yourself At Home (Oliver)

Oliver! is the stage adaptation of the Dickens’s classic, Oliver Twist.  It was later made into a movie which won several academy awards, including picture of the year. Whether it’s the book, the play, of the movie, the gist of the story concerns a nine year old orphan named Oliver and his struggle to survive. As the story begins,Continue reading “Consider Yourself At Home (Oliver)”

Thinking about Church

Formulating a biblically accurate picture of the church can be like nailing jello to a tree. For many of us, our concepts of the church have been driven by tradition as much as by truth and separating the two can be difficult—but not impossible. Part of the problem (for some, maybe a big part), has toContinue reading “Thinking about Church”

The Church Belongs to God!

We’d had numerous people picking up pecans off the grounds at the church where I used to work. I’d seen many of our members out there. One of our shepherds had been particularly zealous in his collection efforts, shaking the tree branches as well as using some type of extension tool that allowed him to reach up into the trees.Continue reading “The Church Belongs to God!”

The Church and Grace

Artemis was the Ephesian goddess of fertility.  The temple to Artemis at Ephesus was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. At 425 feet long and 225 feet wide, it was larger than a football field. It’s roof was supported by 127 columns that stretched 60 feet high. The temple was twice the size of the ParthenonContinue reading “The Church and Grace”

If You Get To The Funeral Home You’ve Gone Too Far

We lived in Arkansas for fifteen years years and this is what would I tell people when giving directions to our church building.  If nothing else, it usually got their attention because for better or worse, funeral homes usually stand out.  Nothing else really looks quite like a funeral home.  Architecturally, they might resemble a church or aContinue reading “If You Get To The Funeral Home You’ve Gone Too Far”

Brand Names and Brotherhood

“Church” is a relational word!  It is used in the New Testament to speak of our relationship with God through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:20-23, 2:19-22), or our relationship with other Christians in the assembly, a local congregation, or the universal body of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 12:13). In fact, a quick look at the names used in the NewContinue reading “Brand Names and Brotherhood”

The Church is a Hospital?

The church is a hospital for sinners . . . is a truth worth telling! Jesus’ justification to the Pharisees for His embracing of tax collectors and sinners was that they were sick and in need of a physician (Matthew 9:9ff). He went on to say that had the Pharisees understood the prophets, they would know that GodContinue reading “The Church is a Hospital?”

A Day at the Zoo and Buyer’s Remorse

If it’s a good one, a zoo can be a great place to go. For suburbanites, it’s a vivid reminder of what the big world outside of theirs is like. But to all, it’s a menagerie of sights, sounds, and smells. The sizes, colors, and shapes God has employed in His creation of the animal kingdom is astounding—koalaContinue reading “A Day at the Zoo and Buyer’s Remorse”

This is where the tribes go up

We all recognize it’s a serious mistake to think that going to church is the biggest or most important part of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Such a view overemphasizes our meetings and tends to trivialize all that takes place outside them. At its absolute worst, it can produce the bankruptContinue reading “This is where the tribes go up”