Monthly Archives: April 2012

Five men who shaped Orthodox spirituality

In getting ready for moving to Romania, I’ve been making lots of preparations. I’ve been sorting through all my possessions, packing what I’ll take with me (into one large suitcase and a carry-on), selling other things on eBay and Craigslist, getting other stuff ready for storage, and organizing the rest for a massive rummage sale in May.  I’ve been visiting area churches to spread the news and raise support.  I’ve been attempting to learn Romanian, with Pimsleur mp3s, the Complete Romanian text book, and Byki.  I’ve been learning a ton about the history and culture of Romania.  And I’ve been studying up on what Eastern Orthodoxy teaches.

Here are five men from Christian history who continue to define Orthodox spirituality and whom I hope to learn some more about in the coming months.  (Note:  I owe much to Christian History Issue 54 for this list.)

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Go west, young man, go west.

West Towne Mall, that is.

I love sharing the gospel!  Mark, Mickey, and I just got back from an afternoon at West Towne Mall in Madison talking with people about Jesus, praying for them, and prophesying God’s heart over them.  It was great!

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Before Kony 2012

“We haven’t been called to make our communities better.  We’ve been called to transform them.”  -George Otis, Jr.

You might remember George Otis, Jr., as the guy with the funny sweater and big glasses from the “Transformations” videos.  If you’re like me, you figured there wasn’t much to him.

Boy, was I in for a surprise when I head him speak last night at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.  This guy’s got some power when he preaches!  If you missed his powerful message about transforming communities, keep an eye on the archives at IHOP (

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Being a missionary wherever you are

As I’ve been working more in the schools the last few months–as a janitor, a teacher, and an assistant–I’ve been thinking about how we’re all called to be missionaries.  Whether you’re a pastor or a janitor, your calling as a Christian is the same: to make his glory known.

Our lives, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, should be spent for him in whatever ways he desires.

It’s a short thought, but one that changed my life.

When does judgment begin?

I’m not talking here about the end-times, Judgment Day, Jesus’ second coming, etc. but about God’s intervention against sin in our lives.

I’ve been reading through 1 Samuel, and in chapter 2, God announces judgment on Eli and his sons for their actions against his name and against the people he loved.  These guys were doing some downright nasty things, like sleeping with the women who came to serve God, stealing from the sacrifices, and telling people what kind of offering to bring so they could get their favorite barbecue.  In verses 27 to 36, God sends an anonymous prophet to announce the judgment of God on Eli and his sons.

Most of us would think judgment began at that moment, but in reality it began far earlier.

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If I Glorify Him, He Glorifies Me

1 Samuel 2:30 – “Those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed.”

We could translate this as “If you glorify me, I’ll glorify you; but if you pay no heed to me, I’ll treat you as worthless.”

Though the warning is strong, the promise is beyond description.

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