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?

3 Questions Every Leader Should Ask

3 Questions Every Leader Should Be Asking

These are questions church leaders should be asking. The challenging circumstances of the past 15 months make them more pressing than ever.

How Does Prayer Transform You? Part 2

How Does Prayer Transform You? Part 2

Through prayer we can enter a deep and intimate relationship with our abba father, we can share his heart and work.

How Does Prayer Transform You, Part 1

How Does Prayer Transform You? Part 1

Prayer is the interactive work of the Word, Holy Spirit and human intellect that God uses to build a relationship between himself and you.

Reading Your Bible

How Can I Be More Consistent in Reading the Bible Every Day?

My prayer is that you would consider these ideas, especially if you are struggling to be consistent in your daily Bible reading.

How Do You Make the Most of Life’s Second Half?

How Do You Make the Most of Life’s Second Half?

For those still searching, check this out and make the most of life’s second half: Half Time: Moving from Success to Significance.

Why Should Christian Women in Serve in Leadership Roles?

What does scripture say about women leading in the church?

Christian women serve in leadership roles because of their calling, leading with their gifts, and through their roles as wives and mothers.

For Those Who Grieve

For Those Who Grieve

Reflections on the passing of David Ross and words of encouragement to Makayla, her girls, and the Artios Community

Becoming a Better Christian Leader

Becoming a Better Christian Leader: My Experience as an Artios Student

Do you feel called and want to be a leader and serve your local church and community? Artios Christian College will help you succeed!

Building Beautiful Churches for Jesus

Building Beautiful Churches for Jesus

Jesus is building His church; let us rise and build churches that are agents of transformation, all for love’s sake, at such a time as this.

Why Character Trumps Competence

Why Character Trumps Competence

In these moments we’re reminded that while some leaders lack competence, everyone has character. The real issue is, what kind of character?

Why We Need Administration in Church Ministries

Why We Need Administration in Church Ministries

Effective administration in each ministry means that the church’s ministries are working together for the edification of the church body.

Prayer is unity

How Does Prayer Connect Us to God? Part 3

Prayer is one of the most intimate forms of worship in which we open our hearts to God, to be able to grow and mature in the faith.

Prayer is a gift

How Does Prayer Connect Us to God? Part 2

Prayer is a gift that allows leaders to come before God while God renews their mind and transforms them to be good and acceptable before God.

Prayer Connecting Us to God

How Does Prayer Connect Us to God?

How does prayer connect us to God? Prayer is how we communicate with God and how He in return communicates back to us.

5 Reasons the Church Needs Administration

5 REASONS THE CHURCH NEEDS ADMINISTRATION

When done right, church administration is essential for accomplishing the heart of any effective church ministry—equipping discipleship.

Like a Rock

Like a Rock: A Classic Example in Character Formation

Jesus chipped away at Peter to make a re-shaped disciple, every bit the opposite of what he was when Jesus first met him, firm like a rock!

Everyone's a theologian

Everyone’s a Theologian!

An accurate understanding of God is essential to loving and serving Him well. Reading and studying the Bible makes you a theologian.

What is the Gospel?

What is the Gospel?

What is the gospel? Before I answer that, we need to understand that many people answer the question with much excess baggage.