Welcome to our “As I See It” archives. Since 2010, we’ve been publishing blogs (3x per week on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays). That makes for a lot of writing! Here on one page is a complete listing of all of our most-popular blog series. ENJOY!
OUR MOST POPULAR THEMES…
A Journey Into Good. Here’s our simple introduction to Jesus of Nazareth and why a person might want to consider following Him into all things Good! Share this link with your friends. It just might be one of the simplest ways to introduce them to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
My Tale of 3-B’s. Here’s a brief introduction to what we believe is Jesus’ invitation to step out of the traffic of our busy lives and begin a trek to becoming Christ-centered 3-C contemplative activists. This short 6-blog series (taken from Our Ignatian Prayer Journey) tells our personal story of how we were first invited by the Master to this simple and sustainable life we call the 3-C’s.
Our Ignatian Prayer Adventure. More and more Christ-followers are discovering the powerful work of the Spirit, as one delves into the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Over a suggested eight-month period, this 106-session blog series will assist you through the Exercises. Come on along and be blessed!
The Enneagram: A Tool in Self-Awareness. Taken from A Journey Into 3-C Christian Discipleship series, this collection of 15 blogs has become one of our most popular series. Here, we introduce you to the ancient tool in self-awareness, the Enneagram, giving you a user-friendly and Christ-centered way to get started in your journey in self-awareness.
Kalós: Guarding the Precious Treasure. Are you ready for a kalós reformation in your life, a quiet fire of God-renewal? Paul in his two letters to Timothy, states clearly for his spiritual son to ‘guard this precious thing placed in your custody by the Holy Spirit who works in us.” (2nd Timothy 1: 13-14). In this 26-session blog series, we explore in depth, Paul’s words to Timothy…re-examining, and hopefully restoring, kalós, this precious treasure of ministry deposited into us by the work of the Holy Spirit. Join us!
Contemplating the Creed. In a society where it’s really hard to find a common ground when trying to define a Christian, or what a Christian believes, maybe it might be beneficial to look back at The Apostles’ Creed to see if we can find what the ancient church thought was important when defining the basic beliefs of a Christ-follower. Join us as we take a journey into The Apostles’ Creed, (21 blogs) contemplating the foundational truths found within this ancient text. Who knows, you just might be surprised with what we find!
Contemplating The Psalms. With three blogs per week, it took us nearly one whole year to make it through all 150 Psalms! I invite you to join us for this extended journey (152 blogs!) through the Bible’s songbook, The Psalms. And, oh yes, don’t forget to bring your voice and other assorted musical instruments, as we’ll be singing and making music all along the way!
30 Great Hymns of Faith. Love the old hymns of faith? Join us as we look deeply into the powerful stories behind thirty Christian classics, with the earliest hymn dating back to 750 A.D. and the latest from 1923. From Martin Luther to Isaac Watts, from John Newton to Charles Wesley, this 34-session blog journey is sure to bless!
The Gospel of Grace: Exploring the Good News of God’s Unconditional Love & Acceptance. The Gospel of Grace demonstrates to us that Jesus of Nazareth can lead us into Eternal Truth, and the Holy Spirit can indwell & empower us to live freely and lightly as beloved sons and daughters of God. This popular 32-session blog series through the late Brennan Manning’s classic, Abba’s Child, will offer you a view of yourself that just might set you free!
A Journey Into 3-C Christian Discipleship: Twelve Characteristics of a Godly Life. Here’s the whole enchilada! Over a thirty-six week period (114 blogs), we invite you to take a deeper look into twelve key characteristics of a godly life. In other words, we’ll take a journey into the realm of Christ-centered 3-C contemplative activism. Buckle your seat belts…here we go!
To Lead Or Not To Lead? Redefining the Role of a Christian Worker. Glenn Wagner, states in his excellent book, Escape from Church Inc., that the church has, unfortunately, taken most of our cues on ‘leadership’ from the corporate world of America. As I see it, the question in the church today should not be, ‘Do we need leadership?’ but rather, ‘What kind of leaders is God asking men and women to be? Join us for this 12-session blog series that explores the biblical answers to this question.
Follow the Leader: Re-defining Successful Leadership from the Gospel of John. Return with me to the ancient words of the New Testament. Our goal here will not be to do a line-by-line devotional study, but to offer you a series of 46 blogs where we focus on the original disciples, the future overseers of the church, as they interacted with the Master, Jesus of Nazareth. If we’re looking for ways to move away from the 21st century corporate approach to church life, the Gospels would be the best place to begin and end such a pursuit. Join us!
Contemplating Eugene Peterson’s The Contemplative Pastor. This blog series (first published back in 2011) covering Eugene Peterson’s classic, The Contemplative Pastor: Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction, written in 1989, allows us to process truths about the pastoral ministry you might never have considered. Over 37 blog entries, join us as I share my thoughts on some of those new revelations.
The Wisdom of Wimber. A collection of 64 musings on some of Pastor John Wimber’s richest quotes under each of these ten vital themes: On Christ and His Word, On Worship, On Gifts of the Spirit, On Community, On Compassion, On Healing, On Mission, On Unity, On Evangelism, On Discipleship. It’s this highly-popular series that birthed my book, The Wisdom of Wimber, As I See It.
Coming in future months…
Iggy’s Biggies: 12 Key Components of Ignatian Spirituality. Join us for this 37-blog series coming in September, 2019.
Christmas Through The Eyes of the Heart. Coming in November 2019, we invite you to join us for a 14-session blog series which combines the reading of the Christmas story, as found in God’s Word, with seeing, using fourteen pieces of beautiful artwork that can bring your imagination to life.
Contemplating The Prayer: Pondering Anew The Prayer of Jesus. Join us for this 12-session blog series that takes a deeper look at The Lord’s Prayer. Coming in January, 2020.
Religion vs. Relationship: Five Days That Define Our Call in Christ. Join us for this Lenten season 27-session blog series that looks deeper into the five fullest days of Jesus’ three-year ministry. Palm Sunday through Maunday Thursday. Five days, as revealed through Matthew 21 through 25, that illuminate the major differences between organized religion and true relationship with Christ. Begins Friday, February 21, 2020.
Here’s other popular, one-time blog posts for special occasions…
Read The Story Behind ‘As I See It.’ Read the story behind the beginnings of our popular blog, As I See It.
Let It Be. Fiat Mihi. Our most read blog post of all-time. Come ponder with me on Mary’s most famous Christmas-time prayer…the Fiat Mihi.
Look For The Good. Written in response to the increase of violence and hatred in our society, this blog post offers both a few thoughts and a song, inspired by the words of Mr. Fred Rogers.
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction. On October 22, 2018, Eugene Peterson, translator of The Message Bible, passed from this life to the next. Enjoy Marty’s remembrance of all Pastor Eugene offered to him in this blog-post.
OUR BASIC CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP THEMES…
Christianity 101. One of the best places to start your devotional studies is to re-visit the basic truths of our faith in Jesus Christ. Join us as we open up God’s Word (12 blog sessions taken from A Journey into 3-C Christian Discipleship) and look a bit deeper at what the New Testament has to say about Christianity 101. Even if you’re a seasoned believer, you just might be a bit surprised at what we find!
Be Strong in the Lord. Join us for this 24-session blog series (taken from A Journey into 3-C Christian Discipleship series) as we explore the themes surrounding Christian warfare. Here, we look at ‘the battle’ that rages around us each day, explore how Jesus handles it, and then we’ll unpack Paul’s words to the Ephesian church that offer us six weapons of warfare that come from the hands of God the Father, through the Son, and by the empowering work of the Holy Spirit.
Real-Life Christianity Let’s be honest. To be a Christian, a dedicated follower of Jesus, you and I must learn to go beyond just the spiritual truths of our faith, and get down-n-dirty with our day-to-day physical existence here on planet earth. Join us in this 12-blog series (taken from A Journey into 3-C Christian Discipleship) as we get real about earthly things such as how we control our bodies, our tongues, and our actions for the greater glory of God.
Who Are You…Really? Could it be that we are so weak and unable to live out the basic Christ-life-lessons because we truly don’t have a clue on who we really are in Christ? Join us for a 9-blog series (taken from A Journey into 3-C Christian Discipleship) as we explore who you and I really are in the eyes of Jesus…men and women of great value in the economy of God’s Kingdom.
A Servant’s Heart. Many would say that it’s the way we live out our lives in Christ that really gives true testimony to the faith that lies deep within us. So, let’s ponder on the outward signs of a life lived well for God, and let’s begin by talking about servanthood. Join us for a short series (9-blog sessions from A Journey into 3-C Christian Discipleship) as we look a bit deeper at what God’s Word has to say about having a servant’s heart.
Jesus and the Workplace. The amazing truth about Jesus of Nazareth is that He is fully committed to getting up early each and every day and joining us as you and I go off to our work place. Join us for a short 9-blog series (taken from A Journey into 3-C Christian Discipleship) that explores these ideas that God is already laboring at our workplaces and it’s our “job” to go and participate with all He is already doing.
God and Money Jesus states it so very clearly, God alone wants to be our source of power and control in this lifetime and the life to come, and through the Master’s invitation, you and I can follow Him into a freedom rarely experienced by those who stay behind, trusting what’s inside their wallets more than they trust their Creator. Join us for a short 9-blog series (taken from A Journey into 3-C Christian Discipleship) as we open up the Bible and look a bit deeper at what God’s Word has to say about our money and possessions.
Living Purposefully. Jesus’ purposeful life was made that way, because He freely chose to allow His Father in Heaven to define His life for Him. Join us for a short 9-blog series (taken from A Journey into 3-C Christian Discipleship) where we’ll unpack this idea of living a Christ-centered life and explore how we, like the Master, can become recipients of God’s amazing gift to live life on purpose and to the full.
LENTEN & EASTER THEMES…
Our Lenten Journey. The season of Lent (between Ash Wednesday and Easter) is designed to be a holy, life-emptying journey into Jesus. It’s a season of letting go of worldly things in order to be filled with God. Here’s our 48-day blog series that takes you deeper into the Gospel of Luke’s story of Jesus, His Passion week, Good Friday and His Resurrection!
Psalm Sunday What was really happening on this Sunday afternoon on the streets of Jerusalem? Read more here.
Good Friday Read why Good Friday, is so good. As I see, it’s the game-changer in all of human history.
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross. Take a look behind the history of one of Isaac Watts’ most classic hymns.
Easter Sunday Jesus is Risen. He is Risen, Indeed! Listen to one of our favorite songs for Resurrection Sunday.
ADVENT & CHRISTMAS THEMES…
Joy Comes In The Morning. As you celebrate the Advent/Christmas season, enjoy one of our personal favorites, a Christmas-time short story (10 sessions) about the time when Santa Claus, a man who takes his work very seriously, decides to pack it all in and skip Christmas altogether! I guess even ole St. Nick can use a good reminder of what Christmas is all about!
Handel’s Messiah. Do you know the story behind this great Christmas-time musical masterpiece? Read about the amazing work of God as George Frederic Handel composed and presented his new composition in 1742.
God Rest Ye Merry. See how one little comma can make a whole lot of difference in what we’re actually trying to convey to others at Christmas time.
Joseph, The Stone-Crafter’s Christmas-Time Prayer. Tradition says that Joseph of Nazareth was a carpenter by trade, but most likely, the ‘earthly father’ of Jesus, and his young son, were skilled craftsmen in stone.
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