Journal From Zarephath
As you can see… … …there’s not much to see here!
I’ll be moving all my blog posts from other URL’s here to this new domain over the next few weeks, and adding new content.
Okay, I’ll be honest…this seems to be taking YEARS!
Please do stay awhile and visit my “old” posts. A good place to start if you’re wondering why I named this blog “Journal from Zarephath” would be Why Zarephath?
As you check out previous posts, please feel free to leave new comments for me. Who knows? YOUR comment may be the motivation I need to make progress with my “new” site!
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In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. __Luke 22:20 (NIV)
On the eve of the Passover feast, Christ, the Lamb of God, shared a last supper with His disciples. One of them would betray Him. Before dawn, the others would desert Him and one of them—Peter, the Rock—would deny Him. More
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When my son Mark was in the third grade, his teacher assigned a series of “Famous People” reports. Over the course of the year, each student researched and reported on three famous people who have had an impact on history or culture. More
While this book has been around awhile (orig. publication 2009, revised 2011), it should remain “timely” for quite some time to come for anyone interested in the church as a “missionary movement”. Steve Addison has packed this very quick read with a lot of descriptive history of movements that were successful in spreading the gospel. [It’s a good thing this book does read quickly—I found it very hard to put it down.] He aptly distinguishes the movements that succeeded beyond merely spreading the gospel and bore fruit for successive generations by “making disciples”. More
Only a few pages into this book, the thought struck: Leonard Sweet is a Renaissance Man for this generation! His breathtaking mastery of multi-disciplinary knowledge, powers of observation, and analytical skill in assessing the traits, tendencies and trends of this culture have been brought to bear in this newly released volume. Sweet has done his research and waded deeply into the waters of change—a “Gutenberger” immigrating from a tribe of Enlightenment-influenced navel-gazers into a country populated by relational, tech-savvy “Googlers”. More
What is preventing the Gospel from spreading in Western Christendom like it did in the first century—and like it did in China when the Cultural Revolution virtually shut down the institutional church by taking control of it? What is stopping a contagious Jesus movement today? We proclaim that the Gospel has not lost its power, and yet… More
Rantings of a “Protestant Heretic”
Disclaimer: This is not a “teaching”. This is an “opinion”. Yeah…a “rant”, if you like. But it’s offered in love.
God, being a “relational” entity, created us so that we need one another. As I read believers’ blogs these days, I’m struck by the variations in style, doctrine, authoritative “voice” and expression of humility. Some bloggers just write to share their thoughts. Others demonstrate a divine teaching gift that is clearly sourced in the Spirit. Still others, seemingly, write from a position of belief that they have all the right answers—and they are appointed to set everyone else straight! More
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When I was in my teens, I was what might be called a “Jesus Freak”. I loved to read my Bible and talk to other teens about the Lord. I wanted all my friends to have the joy Christ had given me. I read the Book of Acts and yearned to see the Gospel being lived out in the world around me like those early Christians lived it. I saw so many things in the modern church that didn’t seem to fit what I saw in the New Testament. More
When Mary Tudor ascended the throne of England, the monarchy reverted to the Roman Catholic faith. John Bradford was one of the Reformers imprisoned in the Tower of London for his faithfulness to the Church of England. Seeing some fellow-prisoners marched off to their execution, Bradford is said to have observed “There, but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford.”
Bradford himself soon joined the ranks of the martyred in the Reformation narrative. Though some have doubted the attribution of the saying, There but for the grace of God go I lives on in the English language as a pious cliche warning against viewing the less fortunate, the fallen, the needy, and the weak with pitiless contempt. More