It is Costly to Follow Jesus, Even in the Suburbs. Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matt 16:24). For 11 of the 12 disciples this meant a martyrs’ death (for 3 of them literally died on crosses). For many Christians throughout the age of the church this have meant dying for Christ or suffering severe and often brutal persecution
“Physicalism” is the worldview that all of reality is composed merely of matter and energy. Those I’ve met who hold this view seem to desire to know the truth about reality and appear persuaded that this is how reality actually is. They tend to place a high value on scientific investigation and the possibilities that science gives us for living and the future. In these things, I find much that I m
Here are the notes from our “Curious about Christ” outreach on SPIRITUALITY. CURIOUS ABOUT CHRIST WEEK 4: HOW DID CHRIST UNDERSTAND SPIRITUALITY? A Christ-informed SPIRITUALITY is a relationship with the Living God who is there and can be known and loved. It is a spirituality that is rooted in truth, made possible by Christ, and transforms ALL of life. Here are some passages from the B
How does your worldview (your overall understanding of reality) shape how you approach the notion of forgiveness? As I grapple with the concept, I would argue that how we approach FORGIVENESS shows that we assume some kind of objective morality (moral standards that are real, not arbitrarily invented by evolved apes or merely the preferences of individuals or those in power). Consider it with me:
Our hearts feast daily. We find things to savor and enjoy and consume. We can’t help it, we were made this way. We are worshipping creatures made to worship the Living God. Jesus saves us to feast on God in our hearts. He is the bread of life that came down from heaven (John 6:35, 48). He came and rescues us from our sin and estrangement from God; he came to bring us back to God, back to enj
Recently I’ve been using a threefold prayer to help me in my prayer life. I think it’s pretty simple, but also really helpful. It is this, “Lord please REnew my mind, REvive my heart, and REorder my life.” This threefold prayer can be used as you pray over nearly any Scripture passage. Let’s consider it with Psalm 23:1 “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
Our church in Naperville, Cross of Christ Fellowship, has recently started singing the hymn “In Tenderness” (the modern version of it!). The key was too high for us, so I made in the key of F which is more singable. You can find it here.
Here’s the 3rd week in our “Curious about Christ” outreach, that our church in Naperville (Cross of Christ Fellowship) is hosting. Curious about Christ Week 3: How Does Christ Bring MEANING to our Lives? Introductory Thoughts:1. Why do we value having meaning or purpose to our lives? 2. Is there is a right or wrong way to live? It is possible to WASTE our lives or find meaning in
Our friend Elizabeth Urbanowicz has a wonderful ministry that seeks to equip children with a biblical worldview. You can learn all about it here: https://foundationworldview.com/ We are so encouraged by this ministry and hope that many take advance of it and its resources. It is a great resource to use for Christian parents, home schools, and private schools. The reality is this: our children are
Here’s the second week for our “Curious about Christ” outreach, that our church in Naperville Cross of Christ Fellowship is hosting. In this study we considered the question “How Does Christ Bring us Back to God?” Curious about Christ Week 2: How Does Christ Bring us Back to God? This week we consider the question ‘How does Christ bring us back to God?’ Of course, suc