All Together Hungry

This morning during a Bible study with other guys from our church I reflected on a time I had taken on a new job at a global health advocacy group. When I first started I was struck by this idea: if I could form a team of 50 people who were wholeheartedly committed to the same thing, we could change the world.

While we had a great team, for some of us it was just a job. The work was not our undying passion. Change was still made, with great results, but my world-changing hopes were left for another day.

Now I find myself in the realm of my undying passion. To that end I pondered out loud what it would be like if 80 people (our small church) were all wholeheartedly committed to the same thing. Namely, renewal and revival. More of God’s presence, repentance and the experience of his grace. People deeply hungry for more of Jesus.

That type of mission has and will change the world. I long for it. I hope you do too.

Sunday Prayer

This morning my prayer is that of “A Minister’s Evils” from The Valley of Vision.

“Thou hast shown me that the glory of everything that is sanctified to do good is not seen in itself, but in the source of it’s sanctification.

Thus my end in preaching is Christ himself, whom I trust, for in him is fullness of spirit and strength; my comfort in preaching is to do all for him.

Help me in my work to grow more humble, to pick something out of all providences to that end, to joy in thee and loathe myself, to keep my life, being, soul, and body only for thee, to carry my heart to thee in love and delight, to see all my grace in thee, coming from thee, to walk with thee in endearment.

Then, whether I succeed or fail, nought matters but thee alone.”

Lord, for me and my brothers taking the pulpit this morning preaching your word; lead us in repentance and prayer to the experience of your grace. For your glory.

Amen.

Word & Spirit by R.T. Kendall

Word and Spirit: Truth, Power, and the Next Great Move of God by R.T. Kendall

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Kendall, the former pastor of Westminster Chapel, brings to the page the necessity of a marriage of both Word (Bible-believing and centered) and Spirit (believing in the continued gifting of the Holy Spirit.) It is setting the environment for an awakening in the global church according to Kendall and would be something greater than the “Charismatic” movement of the last thirty years.

I agreed with much of what is in this little book, however unfortunate it is to have the forward by Mark Driscoll. Yet with Kendall’s presentation, I am still left hungry for something more. While I long for the day he describes, perhaps a clearer picture of what healthy Word & Spirit churches look like would be helpful.

Kendall is clear in his writing but an annoying feature of this book is that barely a page goes by without the author referencing another book he has written. The refrain, “as I wrote in such and such a book” is so prevalent it is annoying. I get that he has written many books, some on my list to read, but there must be a better way to cite his previous thinking if at all.



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Worthwhile October 25, 2019

Last week I was out-of-pocket and I liked it. So to make up for it this week we have some goodies.

It is an exciting weekend in the Shradar household as our Nebraska Nana and Papa are in town, tonight is our school trunk-or-treat, tomorrow Stacy hosts the Reservoir women’s retreat, and Sunday is well Sunday!

Enjoy your weekend and read, or watch, something worthwhile.


First up from Adam Powers a great reminder about the God’s presence and our pleasure in worship. Powers looks at 2 Samuel 6 and gives us some clues for life now.

“Emotional maturity then means, not avoiding feeling in worship, but feeling what we ought to feel in worship. The grandeur of the glory of God, the gravity of our sin, and the gladness of redemption. God wants all of you. Mind and heart.”

And this on the presence of God. “God’s people are not sustained first and foremost by great victories against their enemies. God’s people are not sustained first and foremost by expanding their borders, no. Victory is good, expanding and growth is good but God’s people are sustained first and foremost by seeking God’s very face, His presence.”

Read the whole thing here.


Thinking through reach Muslims with the hope of Christ? Justin Taylor shared last week a new cartoon series called Journey to Truth that has eight episodes in a number of languages that could be a great help.

The series tackles common barriers to belief and seems to be very accessible. Check it out.


Scott Sauls also had a great piece on loneliness – that it is actually a signs of something good, that we were meant for community.

God “has made us for community, not for isolation; for interdependence, not independence; for relational warmth and receptivity, not for relational coldness and distance.” Even so we feel it. And the recognition of it shouldn’t discourage but fuel us to find relationship with others for the glory of God and our good.

“So then, shall we go there? Shall we take a risk, show some transparency, introduce ourselves to somebody…go first in saying, “Hi, I’m ________. Here’s my story. What is yours? Would you be interested in getting to know each other? Because I am interested in that.” Shall we join a church, and show up every Sunday and look for the same four or five people, initiate conversation, and also reach out to a few that we’ve yet to meet? Shall we begin acting like the family God says that we are in Christ?”

Hang out with Scott through his writing here.


Finally, the videos from the recent Convergence Conference are now available online. This conference invites those in Word and Spirit churches to gather and study moves of God. This year’s topic was healing.

I have already watched Matt Chandler’s session and it was very encouraging. Let’s have faith.

Check out all the sessions here.


Have a great weekend. Get together with people to enjoy life and pursue Jesus together!