One of the marks of a Christian is practising hospitality. Whenever it’s mentioned in the New Testament, it is assumed as a staple part of the Christian life. However, lots of people don’t show hospitality to others.
When Jesus says we need to take up our cross daily, he’s not just talking about enduring pain and hardship from the world (although that needs to happen). We need to die to ourselves daily, completely, which includes dying to our dreams of what it will look like to serve God, both now and in the future.
People love watching and talking about trends. Trends in the stock market, trends in prices, trends in culture, and also trends in churches. And apparently, the trend for churches in 2015 is not a good one. If the predictions are true, it looks like things are going downhill: Your
In my last article on small talk, I established that there is a need for small talk in our churches alongside spiritual conversations. Both need to be used in careful, thoughtful and loving ways in order to build up the body of believers. Small talk is a great
Phrases like disciple-making can carry a lot of baggage. Everybody has an opinion or an idea of what it means to disciple someone and what it looks like in practice. Sometimes it leads people to say “Disciple-making? Oh, I could never do that” or “It's not my role to