Life on the front porch

Faith, life, kids & bikes


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Why do people hate Christians and love Jesus?

Last weekend I had a chance to spend time with Carl Medearis – a man who has distinguished himself as someone who can speak about Jesus with anyone.  From Middle East “terrorists” to old Rock’n’Roll stars, he gets past religious rhetoric and engages many “unlikely” friends of Jesus in conversation that open people to the Kingdom of God.

I think that why I loved engaging with Carl is he pointed to Jesus model of teaching.  With the religiously knowledgeable leaders (of his own religion) he was very unyielding and harsh, but with the poor, oppressed and followers of other religions (the The Syrophoenician woman, the Roman soldier, Pilate, the Samaritan woman & leper) he was gracious, patient and kind. Continue reading


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Why do I like Jesus – a reflection on Psalm 84

Desire: how does one invoke desire in another?  Even a bothersome swallow and a simple, common sparrow has evoked jealousy in the heart of the songwriter.  The long road leading to Jerusalem has evoked praise and desire in the heart of this pilgrim.  The sight of the city on the hill (Zion and the temple) causes singing in this worshiper.

Psalm 84 (NLT)

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD of Heaven’s Armies.
2 I long, yes, I faint with longing
to enter the courts of the LORD.
With my whole being, body and soul,
I will shout joyfully to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young
at a place near your altar,
O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!
4 What joy for those who can live in your house,
always singing your praises. Continue reading


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Why does vision matter?

Why do people come to church and why do they come back?

In this short video, Michael Harvey of “Unlocking the Growth” and “Back to Church Sunday” talks about how changing the vision can be simple and powerful in leading a congregation to being practical about inviting their friends to an event or service. Continue reading