When God Awakens a City to Himself

When God Awakens a City to Himself

When I say “city,” you can think community, or neighborhood, or metropolitan area, or whatever your context is. The point is the same… I love the picture of Philippi coming to know Jesus through Paul and his friends in Acts, chapter 16. On Saturday,...
How the Church Can Experience Revival Today

How the Church Can Experience Revival Today

Most Christians I know want the church to experience revival. We just don’t all agree on what revival looks like. Back in the olden days (the mid-1990’s) I preached a few times at a small church (averaging 12 each Sunday) in eastern Arkansas. They had a...
11 Christian Gift Ideas from the Christian Gift Store

11 Christian Gift Ideas from the Christian Gift Store

Where would our society be without Christian gift stores? They used to be called bookstores, but the real revenue is in the gifts, the trinkets, and the $5 upsells at the register. By not shopping in regular gift stores, this industry helps us change the world and...
It's Getting Crazy for Pastors and Politics

It's Getting Crazy for Pastors and Politics

I’m a Pastor. It’s my calling. It’s my privilege. The word “pastor” is an old word that means shepherd, from the Greek, poimen. My role is to do two things: lead the flock, spiritually and directionally, as we communally obey...
Science: One More Thing You Don't Have to Fear

Science: One More Thing You Don't Have to Fear

I believe in God. And I believe in science. I believe what the Bible says about creation. And I believe in what science reveals about nature. Good science and good faith are consistent with each other and co-exist peacefully. In our current cultural conundrum, we seem...
Am I a Muslim Lover? Oh, I Do Hope So!

Am I a Muslim Lover? Oh, I Do Hope So!

In addition to being a church planter and pastor, I’m also an editor and an online community facilitator for a global ministry to pastors and church leaders. So I often have to deal with hateful comments on the Facebook pages I help to manage. It’s sad,...
From Aleppo to Arkansas, Little Boys are Precious

From Aleppo to Arkansas, Little Boys are Precious

Image via The Guardian Perhaps you’ve seen the picture of Omran Daqneesh, the five-year-old little boy pulled from the rubble and placed into an ambulance, following an airstrike in Aleppo, Syria. I stared at the photo for a long time. And I watched the footage...
We Still Don't Get It… Human Life is Precious

We Still Don't Get It… Human Life is Precious

Just after the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down Texas’ laws restricting abortions, I posted a simple status update about all human life being precious… “All human life is precious. ‘You alone created my inner being. You knitted...
At Least 10 Things Great Churches Are FOR

At Least 10 Things Great Churches Are FOR

Is it just me, or has the Internet and social media seemingly been flooded lately by a whole lot of vocal people expressing just how many things they’re against? There’s a culture war going on, and it isn’t just the right versus the left. Society...

Two Good Reasons to Attend Church This Weekend

I recently told a friend, who happens to be agnostic, that he “shouldn’t” go to church. I know. That was dumb, right? I really didn’t mean that he should avoid attending church. Rather I meant that he, as a non-believer, wasn’t under any...

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