Archive for the 'Spiritual Musings' Category

So Sneaky…

October 23rd, 2007

I have become convinced our church is under the most subtle and dangerous of spiritual attacks and it is coming at the most sneaky of times. It comes at a time when we are growing, things seem to be thriving, people are excited, and the services are going well. On the one hand […]

The Ironically Named “Higher Criticism”

March 24th, 2007

Living and leading a church in the shadow of the University of Glasgow, I have felt challenged by divinity students of the university and a professor who attends Re:Hope to research ‘higher criticism’ and ‘biblical authorship’, especially with the first 5 books of the bible. The Universities in Glasgow are teaching the same as Harvard, […]

the Unifying Power of Fun

February 2nd, 2007

A few years ago I was on youth staff at Rolling Hills Community Church. During those years I learned big lessons that have shaped both who I am and how I do ministry today. Rolling Hills had 8 full-time staff in the youth department with very focused area’s of specialization. Mark […]

7 Essentials

January 16th, 2007

I am a huge fan of biographies of godly people over the ages. I am currently reading “George Muller: All Things Are Possible,” (First published in 1901) given to me by Scotty. I am usually not so concerned about what they eventually accomplish, but I am incredibly interested in what pieces God put in them […]

Stained-glass

January 11th, 2007

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Hero’s of Scotland

December 30th, 2006

Why, within a hundred years, did such a small country, with a small population, produce so many missionaries? 150 years ago the people of Scotland were leading the way globally per capita in world missions. Iain Murry suggests that these key ingredients made this significant nation massively potent for the Kingdom of God internationally.

“Scottish missionaries […]

Cigarette’s and Truth

December 15th, 2006

Got to love Scotland. When it comes to the tobacco industry they don’t mince words. On one side, “Smoking Kills.” On the other side of the same box “Smoking can cause a slow and painful death.”
A friend of mine gave me this box after he finished them off. You have to shake your head. It […]

Is History Repeating Itself?

December 7th, 2006

Thanks to Christ’s Church Federal Way I have been doing some extra reading on the history of Scottish Christianity (reformation to present.) I think the most appalling, yet most encouraging theme of Scottish history is the complete abandonment of the faith and subsequent reviving. I was shocked to discover that the church has […]

Evidence of the Spirit

December 1st, 2006

What a special Sunday!
This Sunday we baptized Richard. He came to Re:Hope last February and then gave his life to Jesus. He has been consistently growing and showing the real fruit of a transformed life. He has been reading through the bible and going through a “Christianity Explored” class. God has truly got a hold […]

John Flavel

November 20th, 2006

“Prayer begets and maintains holy courage and magnanimity in evil times. When all things about you tend to discouragement, it is your being with Jesus that makes you bold.” – John Flavel.