Reading the Gospel of Matthew is a journey into creative tension experienced by a predominantly Jewish exiled community of the early church. In fact Matthew. the author who understood the heart of that community, held out this tension, between the pastoral and the prophetic, “in the way in which he portrays the call to a mission to […]
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West Chester University is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Day 18 West Chester University – #PraytheCampus Day 18 West Chester University – #PraytheCampus Day 18 – West Chester University West Chester is celebrating their 150th anniversary. While praying on this campus, I thought of abiding and producing fruit that lasts a long time, like 150 years […]
Founded in 1551 by St. Ignatius of Loyola in Rome, Italy, this university trains Jesuit missionaries. Day 17 Pontifical Gregorian University – #PraytheCampus Day 17 Gregorian University – #PraytheCampus Day 17 Pontifical Gregorian University. Founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola, this Society of Jesus institution in Rome, Italy trains Jesuit missionaries. It’s a university of […]
This Augustinian learning community carries an ancient curricula that transformed Western world and gave birth to all universities. Day 16 Villanova University – #PraytheCampus Day 16 Villanova University – #PraytheCampus Day 16 Villanova University. Villanova a an Augustinian learning community. Vishal Mangawadi, Indian philosopher and friend, writes, “St. Augustine’s (AD 354 – 430) curriculum educated […]
Poverty is not just material; it’s brokenness. Poverty, from a Christian perspective is about broken relationships, broken identity, and broken purpos Day 15 Easter University – #PraytheCampus Day 15 Eastern University – #PraytheCampus Day 15 Eastern University. Eastern is an American Baptist institution. I know Eastern for its famed professor, Tony Campolo and their commitment […]
A cairn is a marker on a path, and the marker we all need is a community – PraytheCampus Day 14 Cairn University – #PraytheCampus Day 14 – Cairn University – #PraytheCampus Day 14 – Cairn University. A cairn is a marker on a path. It’s usually a man-made pile (or stack) of stones. Cairns […]
Where do young believers go? – PraytheCampus Day 13 Ocean City High School – #PraytheCampus Day 13 – Ocean City High School – #PraytheCampus Day 13 – At Ocean City High School for #PraytheCampus. Day 13 – Ocean City High School Share Tweet Forward
The university is about observation and stewardship of creation. The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. Day 12 – Stockton University Atlantic City – #PraytheCampus Day 12 – Stockton University AC – – #PraytheCampus Day 12 – At Stockton University AC Campus for #PraytheCampus. All through May we are praying on campuses. We […]
This post is about how important it is to enter university with a sense of humility, vulnerability, and sensitivity to the voice of God. Day 11 – Cape Atlantic Community College – #PraytheCampus Day 11 – Cape Atlantic Community College – #PraytheCampus Day 11 – At Cape Atlantic Community College for #PraytheCampus. All through May […]
Day 10 – University of Delaware. It takes open-handed leadership and discipleship. Day 10 – University of Delaware – #PraytheCampus Day 10 – University of Delaware – #PraytheCampus Day 10 – University of Delaware. It takes open-handed leadership and discipleship. All through May we are posting prayer visits to college campuses. Pray on the campus […]
Sarah graduated from Elizabethtown. she joined our YWAM occupational therapy internship to a Chinese orphanage. Then she returned the following year, Day 9 – Elizabethtown College – #PraytheCampus Day 9 – Elizabethtown College – #PraytheCampus Day 9 Elizabethtown College. It only takes a few. All through May we are posting prayer visits to college campuses. […]
Rowan University Day 8 – Rowan University – #PraytheCampus Day 8 – Rowan University – #PraytheCampus Day 8 Rowan University. All through May we are posting prayer visits to college campuses. Pray on the campus near you, no matter where you are. #PraytheCampus – John Henry Day 8 – Rowan University Share Tweet Forward
Penn State University Day 7 – Penn State – Pray the Campus! Penn State University is a very large land grant research university with three main revenue streams; Football, Defense contracts, and a bloated freshman class. That means many young people come to university with high hopes and dreams only to find they cannot make […]
Loch Haven University! Pray the Campus in your community. For Students, Faculty, and the Future. Day 6 – Pray the Campus! This small university makes me think of small things. God chooses the small, the forgotten, the despised, and the foolish things. He confounds the wise and the proud. He gives grace to the humble. […]
Moravian College! Pray the Campus in your community. For Students, Faculty, and the Future. Pray the Campus! This small school in Bethlehem, PA has a statue of Jan Amos Comenius, Bishop of the Moravian Church who is known to be the Father of Modern Education. His vision was for a pansophic university, a University of […]
Lehigh University! Pray the Campus in your community. For Students, Faculty, and the Future. Pray the Campus! Lehigh has significance to me because one of my professors of classical literature and founding dean of the College of Humanities & International Studies at the University of the Nations, Dr. Doug Feaver, was part of the faculty […]
Pray the Campus in your community. For Students, Faculty, and the Future. Pray the Campus! Did you know Rutgers University was one of the first eight colleges on the North American continent? It was established before the Revolutionary War. And it’s an amazingly diverse campus with thousands of international students. This prayer focus is on […]
Pray the Campus in your community. For Students, Faculty, and the Future. Pray the Campus! Did you know Aaron Burr founded Princeton? Did you know his father in law was Jonathan Edwards? Did you know Edwards was President of the College, but died within months after he took the post due to the Small Px […]
Pray the Campus in your community. For Students, Faculty, and the Future. Pray the Campus! First post! Stockton University. All through May we are posting prayer visits to college campuses. Join the campaign. Pray on the campus near you, no matter where you are. #PraytheCampus – John Henry First Video Post
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These are the ways love responds, because love is not a force or a feeling. Love is an action within relationships. Relationships do not happen without love being there.
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Missional Church Emerging. I’m excited to be scheduled to teach five sessions of the Missional Church Emerging course. These lectures will be part of the Praise Equipping Night class in the Praise Tabernacle Church sanctuary, on online, every wednesday night in February at 6:30pm and finishing up on Wednesday, March 3rd with an evening of […]
These are the ways love responds, because love is not a force or a feeling. Love is an action within relationships. Relationships do not happen without love being there.
Brotherly kindness is common kindness. It is engaging with the world, with your neighbor, in ways that any other person with a human heart would do.
Peter’s experience denying Christ taught him that he cannot boast of his own godliness.
Watch Video Today we build on yesterday’s thought, Self-Control, to Perseverance. Peter’s second letter outlines the progressive steps toward making your calling and election sure. He says we should “make every effort” to add to our faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, and then perseverance. Once we come to know God the person of virtue through faith, […]
Watch Video Today’s thought is Self-Control. It’s not just about control of appetites, like how often you run to the fridge during this quarantine. It’s about how you enter into community. There are two diagrams in the video: 1. Yield Sign, which represents the need to slow down, consider others, and enter into traffic without […]
Watch Video In Peter’s second letter, he says we should add to our faith, virtue – or moral goodness. The faith that he speaks of is the belief that we have “everything we need” and that we have “escaped the corruption of the world caused by evil desires.” And Peter exhorts us to “make every […]
Watch Video Today we explore the root lie of all lies. In 2 Peter 1:3 the great apostle states that we have everything we need for life and godliness. Do you believe that? In the midst of calamity and crisis, is that faith shaken? The truth is that this is the root of our faith. […]
When we return to the familiar, we often return to familiar sins, habits, addictions that have trapped us in the past.
During these last ten days of the coronavirus self-quarantine, I will be focusing on 2 Peter 1 and the primary qualities that we are to make every effort to add to our faith.
The call to leadership is a call to be crushed first. May God give you grace if you are called to lead. And remember, after you come to a realization of who you really are, return to God. Come boldly to him for grace to help. And strengthen your brothers and sisters.
Watch Video My wife and I were reading in Trent Sheppard’s book, The Jesus Journey, this morning and we came across this verse and this interesting question: “There was a man walking by, coming from work, Simon from Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. They made him carry Jesus’ cross.” Mark 15:21 NIV Mark’s […]
I was to be leading a book study in my home during this time. It’s a book called With, by Skye Jethani. Jethani outlines five postures most people have toward God.
When you take time for something or someone, you are experiencing some of eternity.
“…priests who faithfully minister before God with prayers and intercessions for our families and communities, …”
Fellowship with just one other person, and Jesus says, “I am there.” We can count on Jesus being with us in our homes. Jesus is doing something around the world.
The path to that kind of forgiveness is to admit, like the thief, that you have sinned. It’s not an antiquated term; it’s the word we use for those acts that “miss the mark”, fail to achieve righteousness, falling short of God’s best, his glory.
Watch the video Notice the things that Jesus says. Luke 23:3 So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. Luke 22:33-34 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster […]
Watch the video Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” Luke 22: 7-8 We received some tulips in a box in the mail yesterday. One of Mary’s niece’s had the […]
For this extended 30 days of quarantine in April, I’m doing Thirty Thoughts for you. Here’s Day Seven: Reset I can’t honestly say I have heard a word the Lord about the word RESET. However, it is clear we have an opportunity and God is sovereignly doing a reset. Have you ever had your computer or […]
Watch video Today’s thought is the word Faith. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.” Hebrews 11:1-2 We’re staying […]
Watch video Today’s thought is the word Study. “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a worker that does not need to be ashamed.” 2 Tim 2:15 Students are disciples, learners, people who want to learn how to make a difference. I’m grateful for all those who study, especially right now as we depend on […]
Watch video Today’s thought is about being Home.. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. Matthew 5:15 NRSV It’s time to re-think home. I have lived in 8 States in the US and in India for several months. I’ve lived in 36 […]
Jesus surrendered control by taking personal responsibility. He chose to do his Father’s will no matter what.
There are four major sources of anxiety.
Have you disobeyed the Lord who calls you to Sabbath rest?
Hours later there came a change. It began to grow light in the bus. The greyness outside the windows turned from mud-colour to mother of pearl, then to faintest blue, then to a bright blueness that stung the eyes. We seemed to be floating in a pure vacancy. There were no lands, no sun, no […]
My son Justin David Henry is at Fuller Theological Seminary. Classes have been moved to online. He let me read his paper on John 15 – “Abide in Me,” Jesus said. Good stuff. When we spoke Justin joked that Jesus was saying, “Self-quarantine in me.” I see that. But it’s not all about isolation; it’s […]
This morning I wrote to a friend who has lost something precious, his faith in God. What does one do when they lose faith? At the beginning of the 20th Century, most so-called Christian nations were at war with one another, which caused a crisis of faith among millions of people. Though we have had […]
This is great news! Xian was an engineering student at Carnegie-Mellon University when he did his internship with us in East Timorese in 2003. He attributed his life’s calling to serve the poor, particularly through solar lighting, to that summer when he witnessed the severe burns on a small child’s face when a kerosene lantern caused a fire.
I was humiliated. One year out of college, a junior auditor with Coopers & Lybrand, preparing for two years of humanitarian service with the Peace Corps, I was locked up behind bars. Finger prints, mug shots, and my name, John T. Henry, was placed on police record for loitering on the streets of Baltimore.
Paul had one of those moments. He had a social post too. The letter to the Ephesian was circulated to the house churches in the second largest city in the Roman Empire.
What are you known for?
When I was little I used to climb a lot. My mom says she found me up in trees or on the roof of the house. I was stuck. I may have been a good climber, but I didn’t know how to get down from my high perch.
What do you think a person should do if they say they have heard from God?
The way of Christ is not an invitation to oppression, spiritually trafficking humans to fulfill the pleasures of people.
Proud preachers love religion; they use divine power to control followers.
The best lessons are when the character of God is revealed in the lives of leaders who have battle scars defending the faith.
We have those same letters today, so we can submit to the same authority with which Paul wrote his letters.