4 Reasons Modern Worship Services Should Engage the Emotions

4 Reasons Modern Worship Services Should Engage the Emotions

I hear it all the time and it’s blogged about regularly… Modern worship songs and services are just too much emotionalism and not enough doctrine. Long ago, I wrote a blog post to that very effect. I revisited the issue a few years ago and deleted that old...
How to Have the Anointing of God on Your Life

How to Have the Anointing of God on Your Life

That word… anointing… is tricky. If you grew up in a charismatic / pentecostal environment, you might associate the anointing with a particular ecstatic experience, or with the practice of anointing the sick with oil and prayer, or perhaps with the...
9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

At Grace Hills, having sensed something of the direction God was taking us as a community, we declared 2017 to be “the year of the breakthrough.” And we’ve seen breakthrough! People have come to know Jesus and have been baptized. Marriages have...
The Most Important Decision I’ve Ever Made as a Pastor

The Most Important Decision I’ve Ever Made as a Pastor

The church I’m serving as pastor just bought a new property for $1.1 million in the heart of Northwest Arkansas. We spent a lot of time praying over that decision and it felt like a huge step. But it wasn’t the most important decision I’ve ever had...
Spiritual Warfare and the Lives of Pastors and Church Leaders

Spiritual Warfare and the Lives of Pastors and Church Leaders

The struggle is real. When you drop the phrase spiritual warfare into a casual conversations, you often get mixed reactions. On the one hand, a lot of people are skeptics when it comes to anything invisible or supernatural. In fact, many people will believe in heaven...
9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

9 Breakthrough Prayers to Pray for the Local Church

At Grace Hills, having sensed something of the direction God was taking us as a community, we declared 2017 to be “the year of the breakthrough.” And we’ve seen breakthrough! People have come to know Jesus and have been baptized. Marriages have...
Good News: King Jesus Saves and Reigns!

Good News: King Jesus Saves and Reigns!

We love to take biblical words and weaken their meanings by adopting them for our own usage. One such word is “gospel.” We use it in a light-hearted way when we refer to something as “the gospel truth.” Like when we say, “Donald...
In the World, But Not of the World

In the World, But Not of the World

If you’ve been around traditional evangelicalism long, you’ve no doubt heard that Christian should be “in the world, but not of it.” And there’s a lot of truth in that statement, when it’s rightly understood. The problem is, there...
The Role and Value of Women in Jesus’ Ministry

The Role and Value of Women in Jesus’ Ministry

Here’s a confession. When I read passages like this… When they arrived, they went to the upstairs room of the house where they were staying. Here are the names of those who were present: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew,...
3 Reasons You Still Don't 'Get' this Grace Thing

3 Reasons You Still Don't 'Get' this Grace Thing

Grace seems easy. It’s grace, after all, right? But in reality, grace is really hard. What I mean is… We have a hard time receiving grace because we either feel that we’re too undeserving to have the undeserved favor of God, or that we’re okay...