The Good and Beautiful Life

James Bryan Smith, IVP Books, 2009

This is the second book in what is called the The Apprentice Series.
I have been going through this series with a small group. It is a guide to spiritual formation using the Sermon on the Mount. The author calls this the greatest sermon ever given. The pattern for each chapter is to discuss a ‘false narrative’ that we are likely to have learned in our life. The author does a great job of showing how these perspectives have shaped our way of living. Then using the passage from the Sermon on the Mount, he contrasts that way of thinking with what Jesus taught his followers. Continue reading “The Good and Beautiful Life”


S – … submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.  Eph. 5:21 ESV

O – The relationship that people in the church have with one another is described as ‘submitting’.  The reason we submit to one another is our ‘reverence for Christ.’  I think our fear/rejection/objection for submission is one of the biggest problems we face in church. Continue reading “Submitting”


This day has been going on for nearly 16 hours and there are things left undone. Time does not wait for anyone. Therefore the advice from the apostle, ‘making the best use of the time.’ When I think back over the day, there is some time that I could have used more wisely. There is some that could have been used in different ways. But, that is behind me forever now and I have opportunities that will come tomorrow. Lord, give me the wisdom to use time wisely. Amen.