It’s strange to see him out here. The all-star apostle Peter stands in a cold courtyard by a warm fire when a girl asks him, “You’re one of His, aren’t you?” She points inside to a man whose hands are tightly wrapped in rope and whose face is bloodied and bruised where the Romans had waylaid Him with their fists.
Peter realizes if he says yes, he may end up right next to Jesus, but he can’t deny Him. Simon doesn’t have to swing a sword to wield incredible power because God gave us incredible power in our words. His words would either confirm he is His or he is not. You can cut the suspense in the air with a butter knife. He shakes his head and says, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Another girl points him out, … Read More »
I woke up early on a spring morning and peeked out the window to see a fresh blanket of snow on our lawn. Three short days earlier, we had one glimpse of spring where birds began warming up their voices, and the sun began stretching out its rays. I even broke out my bike and rode it around town. A few weeks before that, I overheard a conversation betwixt several farmers about seed prices. Cardinal choirs. Sunshine. Seed prices. Can only mean one thing—spring has sprung.
And with spring, comes planting. Dad used to let me plant the cucumbers. He knew how much I loved a crisp cucumber dipped in cold Ranch dressing, so he planted all the other crops, but saved the cucumbers for me. “Here. Space these apart. Go ahead.” So I got down on my hands and … Read More »
Come with me to the city of Acts. I want you to meet someone. We’ll take the subway down to the corner of 7th and 58th to a great deli. Cheesecake’s half a foot tall. After we push back from the deli counter, with full stomachs and empty plates, if you take a look out the window, you can see him.
Divide and conquer. There’s too much for one person to do. If you came in a group, split up for elective sessions. If you came alone, buy the DVDs, CDs, Dropcards, and tapes (if we still sell tapes).
Here we are. After two years of waiting and wishing, we are finally here. The bus has stopped and the doors have opened. Go ahead, take a step off the bus and look up at the sign. You will see we are at an intersection. We are standing right at the crossroads of Camp and Congress.