fine-tuned world

Fine-tuned World

When talking about evolution versus creation, there is a phrase that makes all the difference in the world: “fine-tuned argument.”

born to lead

Born to Lead

Because following Jesus is exactly what it means to be a Christian, every believer is called to be a leader!

Reflections on 9/11

Reflections on 9/11

I won’t soon forget my trip to Ground Zero a month after 9/11. As a former New Yorker, I needed to do this for my own psyche.

Word Meanings and Worldviews

Word Meanings and Worldviews

Years ago, I read that if we change the meaning of our words, we end up changing history if we aren’t careful.

Implementing Family Ministry

Implementing Family Ministry in the Local Church

God must be at the center of family ministry to ensure that the ministry will be a blessing for everyone in the church.

Do you speak the language?

Do You Speak the Language?

We need to be able to speak the language, to have at least a cursory insight into the worldviews of those we are likely to encounter.

Run Your Race

Run Your Race

We will be persecuted and hated because of the god of this world--Satan. Run the race God has given us--endure to the end. Never give up!

Gospel-focused preaching

Gospel-Focused Preaching

Gospel-focused preaching has a two-fold aim: the saving of souls and helping believers better understand and appreciate the gospel.

Mind Meld

Mind Meld

When we pray Bible and study the Bible, we are mind melding with God. Let Him put His mind in us so we can become one with Him.

a supportive community

Are We a Supportive Community?

We were created with community in mind. God designed us to live in a community forever in perfect fellowship.

Living Jesus

Living Jesus

A mind-boggling truth of the Christian faith is, followers of Jesus are to be the incarnation of Jesus, the Living Jesus in the world today!

Ministry - the Baptist Way

Ministry—”the Baptist Way”: Fresh Leadership Insights from an Unlikely Source

Let’s consider some of the lessons that emerge from John’s life and ministry, which, for a play on words, I’m calling “the Baptist way.”

Christian education

5 Misconceptions about Christian Education

Good Christian education is not about students parroting information back for a grade-rather, proper Christian Education is transformational.

Why Get Off the Couch?

Why Get Off the Couch and Go to Church?

Are you off the couch yet? Are you ready to be a part of calling the Church of God to be part of a “Priesthood of All Believers”?

The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

There’s a powerful ministry available to the church! This ministry is prayer and in prayer there is much power.

saved by grace

Justified by the Law Or Saved by Grace?

We are saved by grace, not works. We DO the law (Ten Commandments) as it is not voided by grace. We are only saved by grace through faith.

A Coach for Everyone

A Coach for Everyone! Tapping a resource you can’t afford to lead without

The good news is that there’s no shortage of coaches. There’s a coach for everyone! Don’t lead without yours.

When and Where is the Kingdom?

Where and When is the Kingdom?

There is a kingdom that is and is yet to come. We are saved and included in that kingdom only by the grace of the delay.

Our Distinctive Lens

Our Distinctive Lens

This lens can be reduced to 2 questions: what does the Bible say we should do and believe? And what does it say not to do and not to believe?

Who cares about theology?

Who Cares About Theology?

We must not grow weary of the pursuit of truth. Theology is nothing less than the pursuit of knowing God Himself.

I Dreamed of the Kingdom

I Dreamed of the Kingdom of God

God’s eternal kingdom will begin when Jesus Christ, having put all enemies under His feet, turns the kingdom over to the father.

Keeping a Sharp Cutting Edge

Keeping a Sharp Cutting Edge

Resolve from now on to consistently keep a sharp cutting edge. And what better time for this new start than at the start of a new year.

Grow Others Spiritually

What it takes to Grow People Spiritually: Reflecting on Dallas Willard’s not so surprising strategy

The best strategy for growing people spiritually is to first grow ourselves. In so doing we model the change we wish to see in them.

make disciples

Evangelism and Discipleship: Jesus is Not A Used Car

The great commission is to make disciples, not converts, and so our evangelistic methods should be in keeping with our goal.

Worship Part 2

Soaking Up the Meaning of Worship in the Scriptures, Part 2

Even in eternity, when death and pain and sin and suffering and evangelism and prophecy has ended, there is still worship!

Worship

Soaking Up the Meaning of Worship in the Scriptures, Part 1

Worship is a challenging word. Yet, worship is a far bigger and more important issue than we tend to make it.

Old Testament

Mining the Old Testament for Treasure

The Old Testament was a powerful tool used by the gospel writers and the apostle Paul to proclaim the gospel of salvation.

God's Call

Answering God’s Call: Living for a greater cause

Since God has called us, we live for a cause greater than ourselves, and our lives continue to make an impact long after we’re gone.

Ground Zero Perspectives NEW

Ground Zero Perspectives NEW: Remembering September 11 and the Lessons We Learned

This collective jolt back to reality only happens when a nation finds itself at “Ground Zero,” and we need Ground Zero perspectives again.

Our Work and Our Worship

Our Work and Our Worship: Labor Day Reflections for Committed Disciples

Our work becomes our worship. The work of our hands is elevated from a necessary evil we engage in to a labor of love done “as unto the Lord.”

Compassion for the Masses

Compassion for the Masses: Six lessons gleaned from a busy day of ministry with Jesus

Ministry must be motivated by a genuine compassion for the needs of the masses and is about meeting people's needs.

What is your picture of an ideal family?

What is Your Picture of an Ideal Family?

If we could imagine the first family in a world with no consequences of the fall, then we could imagine what an ideal family might look like.

Don't Turn Away

Do You Turn Away from God When You are Hurting?

Have you noticed that it seems so many Christians are turning away from God and the church lately? What makes us do that?