• church planting,  faith,  family,  father

    Planting a Church like My Father

    Thirty three years ago, my father landed on John F. Kennedy airport with a phone number, a crisp Andrew Jackson bill, and an America-sized dream. He was a parachuting church planter, a green beret. A year later, my mother came, with three boys in tote (7, 5, and 3 yrs old). We lived in a roach-infested apartment for 5 years, mother punched the cash-register for longer. We rode old automobiles that got sick frequently, vomiting oil and other dark liquids. I wore hand-me down clothes that hung large on my bony shoulders making me look like a scare-crow. And I loved it! I did not know any better (or perhaps…

  • doubt,  faith,  knowledge

    Day 15 – Hearing by Doubting What One Hears

    Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again.” When the crowd heard the voice, some thought it was thunder, while others declared an angel had spoken to him. – John 12:28-29 You don’t hear what you don’t want to hear. God speaks to Jesus. The message is clear enough for John to relay to us. But most hear it muffled, and take it to be mere thunder. Naturalism. Explain everything through the physical world. But then those who hear the roar as a voice from heaven also mistake it, saying it was an angel. Supernaturalism, everything is…