Greed which Is Idolatry: Following Jesus in an Age of Consumption

In Empire of Illusion, Chris Hedges describes the city of Las Vegas as a “spectacle.”  It is a place designed to cater to the fantasies of those who visit.  It amuses, or perhaps bemuses, those seeking to find some sense of happiness, however fleeting, or to enjoy, even for a moment, a virtual reality…an illusion…filled with (false) promise […]

Becoming Useful to God

For more on becoming useful to God, download the first offering from Shine Bright 365 titled “Becoming Useful to God.” “If I know my own heart to-day, I would rather die than live as I once did, a mere nominal Christian, and not used by God in building up his kingdom. It seems a poor […]

Twenty Questions: Christians and Pro-Life in the United States

With the recent Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson, Christians will likely encounter those with questions.  In an effort to assist believers as they answer those who are confused by or disagree with the decision, the attached guide from Shine Bright 365 was created.  Authored by Dr. James Spencer, President of the D. L. […]

God’s Cubicle Is In the Basement

When I applied for my first ministry job after completing my doctoral coursework, I felt a strong call to serve rural pastors. There was a Director of Missions opening with a Southern Baptist association in my hometown. It was part-time, but it came with a parsonage and Kim and I really felt strongly that we […]

A Framework for Discipled Discernment (5 of 6)

Christian spiritual discernment grows as we commit to becoming disciples of Christ.  Discipleship requires that we learn to obey.  We study God’s word, pray, worship, fast, and engage in a host of other disciplines so that we can resist being formed by the world and, instead, be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom […]

Influences on Discipleship (3 of 6)

Whether we are reading a story in the paper, watching a television show or movie, listening to a radio program, or simply having a conversation with someone on the street, we are having a theological conversation that can shape and form the way we view the world. We also have the opportunity to gain insight […]

Why Christians Need to Get Serious about Discipleship Now (1 of 6)

Why is discipleship important? Why do God’s people need to get serious about discipleship now?  The simple answer: now is better than later.  While it may be tempting to create a crisis for which discipleship is the solution, discipleship is not a solution.  It isn’t something we do to fix some problem we are facing.  […]

Designer Discipleship (4 of 6)

In my 20’s I worked as a personal trainer in a boutique, one-on-one fitness studio. Designing unique programs for clients was a big part of the job. Not every client was alike, so not every program could be. I had to consider the client when designing the program. I couldn’t ask someone who had never […]