'NxTGen' Tagged Posts

'NxTGen' Tagged Posts

NOVEMBER 8, 2023

Dear Friends, It may be one of the best known and most beloved poems of the 20th century.  Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken was cited by President John F. Kennedy when he spoke at Amherst College in 1963, just months before his assassination.  Writer Bernardo Aparicio García notes that “Ours is not a poetry-reading culture, but then again, it’s not like we’re total illiterates. There are still a few poems out there that just about everyone seems to have read, and…

OCTOBER 4, 2023

Dear Friends, When he was elected President in 1960, John F. Kennedy was 43 years old.  He had two toddlers at the time, and the media loved showing the Leader of the Free World in the Oval Office with his children scampering about.  He may have had a Secret Service detail protecting him and a secretary scheduling his every appointment, but his children had priority access to their father.     I’m sure there were times when the children were told…

SEPTEMBER 20, 2023

Dear Friends, Human beings are religious people.  It’s not a question of whether you worship a deity or not.  It’s only a question of which deity you choose to worship. Novelist David Foster Wallace made this point in a 2005 commencement address to the graduating class at Kenyon College.  Before the phrase “go viral” was applied to online content, his address achieved that status.  Here’s part of what he told his audience as they sat waiting to receive their diplomas.  “In the day-to-day trenches of…

SEPTEMBER 13, 2023

Dear Friends, I’m pretty sure I spend more time reading these days than I did 10 or 15 years ago.  Some of that is a function of my season of life.  There is more time available once your children are gone.  And over the past couple of years, I’ve had increased flexibility in my schedule that has given me more available time to read.  So I do. But I’m also pretty sure I’m now reading fewer books than I used to read. …

SEPTEMBER 6, 2023

Dear Friends, I have spent this week being reminded of how great a gift music is.  God has created us to be people who worship Him.  And He gave us music as a way to engage our hearts and minds in expressing our love and devotion for Him.  Along with others form our worship team at Redeemer, I’ve been in Nashville with more than 6,000 people thinking about how music is also a tool we use for fulfilling the Great Commission.  You’ve probably…

AUGUST 23, 2023

Dear Friends, Many times people are concerned with if the church is heading in the right direction and who is in charge of the church. Those questions arise from time to time and it is always good to go back to Scripture and be reminded of what is really true about the church.  One of the things that makes Redeemer so beautiful to me is knowing that this is how Jesus sees us as a body: beautiful! Because we are individually…

AUGUST 16, 2023

Dear Friends,  Please keep your thoughts and prayers with those on the island of Maui as they manage the devastation from the wildfires. I am sure it is a very trying time for everyone dealing with such pain and loss, especially those those who have lost loved ones. This has become deadliest natural disaster in modern U.S. history. Pray for God’s comfort to visit those who have been afflicted with such pain. Pray for the church there in Maui to care for those individuals…

AUGUST 10, 2023

Dear Friends,  As I sit here and am thinking about you, I wonder, do you wonder? Do you wonder at the Gospel and Jesus’ great love for you, His people? Are you in awe that God would allow you to be part of his kingdom and what he doing in the world?  It made me think of Paul Tripp’s book from almost 10 years ago, Awe. It reminds me that we are not to worship created things even if we deeply enjoy…

JULY 26, 2023

Dear Friends,  Ever wonder what real community is about? Ever heard the word koinonia and wondered what the heck people were talking about? If you are anything like me you might have in the past or even today wondered what the New Testament really teaches about it. I know in my early days as a new believer, I didn’t have a clue as to what God intended for me to know and to be shaped by and for.The word koinonia…

JULY 19, 2023

Hi everyone! In many of our Christian circles, we have all probably heard the phrase “established church”. “Oh! That church on that side of town is great. It’s an ESTABLISHED church.” Have you ever wondered what people meant by using this phrase to describe a church? What does the church in question have to be or have to have in order to be considered “established”? Does it need to have engaging preaching? Dynamic worship? Thriving small groups? Does it need…

JULY 12, 2023

Hi all! Many of you might have wondered, after I shared this past Sunday about growing up with pseudo faith, how I actually came to real faith in Jesus. If you grew up like me (which you probably didn’t do particularly, but maybe more so generally), you had no idea who Jesus was or how much God really loved you. I went to church most Sundays, was very involved in serving and then helping lead our youth group. But I was…

JUNE 28, 2023

Dear Friends, I sat across the table from Pastor Tommy Nelson who has for years served as the Pastor at Denton Bible Church as he told me about the day his body shut down. He was still breathing.  He could still see and hear everything that was happening around him.  He simply couldn’t respond.  Couldn’t move.  When his wife spoke to him, he could hear her questions just fine.  And he had answers.  But his mouth wouldn’t work. All signs pointed to a…

JUNE 7, 2023

Dear Friends, It was in early June, about five years ago, when I first realized that Pride Month had become a thing.  Mary Ann and I were in Plano Texas where we were attending a weekend marriage conference.  We had arrived a day ahead of the event, and our hotel was adjacent to a nearby shopping and entertainment venue.  So we decided to stroll through the area and find a place for dinner. It seemed that every shop in the area had…