One another

Jesus replied to a simple question, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law…

He is not here!

As I look upon the Easter Weekend and this verse in Matthew 28, I am struck by “He is not here!” Well then, where is he? He is seated at the right hand of God the Father (Luke 22:69). To be accurate, that is not actually what the text says in Matthew, but that is…

How will you Love your God?

When Jesus was asked to define the single most important part of human action, “He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Gary Thomas, in his phenomenal book Sacred Pathways, helps…

But who told him about Jesus?

There is a quote, a “Christian quote”, that is often attributed to Francis of Assisi, “Preach the Gospel, and if necessary, use words.”  It has many variants and a curious history which can be viewed on Wikipedia: One of the great dangers in the church is to believe that this simple statement is full of…

What is the one true thing?

So, I’ve started re-reading a book by Howard Baker called the one true thing; it is a hidden gem from NavPress. Here is a thought as I review my notes from the introduction “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) From the book: (as Baker presents the structure of the…

The fear of the Lord

Proverbs 1:1-7, 33 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; 3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; 4 for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— 5 let the wise listen and add…

wait a second mile service

Some time ago I was pondering the meaning of “2nd mile service”. It is a bit of a mantra in customer service circles.  Companies are promising 2nd mile service. Employees are going to go the extra mile. It is used to express a desire to serve people, to exceed expectations, to express excellence in hospitality.…