Am I in an abusive church? Three Questions. . .

There is a growing number of excellent books and website today that offer the reader first-rate scholarship and discussion about abusive churches and cults. Most of them clearly describe the attributes of such destructive groups, and give some great information for...

Breakfast on the back porch (Deuteronomy 15:7-8)

“If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall...

What are Our Boundaries?

15 ‘You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly. 16 ‘You shall not go about as a slanderer among your people, and you are not to act against the life of your...

Spiritual Disciplines @ GBC

Well…by the time you’re reading this you’ll know that I’ve by home fighting a cold this week, and it hung on for so long that I finally gave up the hope of going to church yesterday.  My voice was shot–preaching wasn’t going to...

Update: Logan Lawrence, Easter in Nepal

Nepal My blog is in reverse chronological order. If you have any questions or would like to contact me for any reason you can do so by emailing me at llawrence1017@gmail.com 04/11/2017 – 04/16/2017 The night before Easter I was staying at Silas’ family’s house with...

The Sorrowful Song of the Mother and Child

Image: By Akseli Gallen-Kallela – www.kalela.net, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=152707 In this third week of Advent we are focusing on the third of the seven last words of Jesus from the cross–“Woman behold your son ....

Grace in Three Parts, part three

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10)   Part Three: Grace Creates Christian Assurance …but the grace of God with...

Grace in Three Parts, part two

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10) Part Two: Grace Invites Christian Service …His grace toward me did not prove...

Grace in Three Parts, part one

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10) Part One: Grace Forms Christian Identity …by the grace of God I am what I am…...