Evangelist Billy Sunday: “The well-known village atheist was seen running vigorously to the site of a burning church building, intent on joining with others in helping to extinguish the flames. A neighbor, observing him, exclaimed in amazement, “This is something new for YOU!–I never saw you going to church before!” The atheist replied, “Well, this […]Read more
The Biggest Lie
We live in a world that is full of lies, untruths, and prevarications. Some of the lies we call commercials. Some of the liars we call politicians. That does not mean all commercials are necessarily lies or that all politicians are liars. You can make your own call on that. Unfortunately, many people believe many […]Read more
The Danger of Drifting
Drifting is a methodology that I have sometimes employed in fishing.It has some inherent dangers. When I was growing up, I remember one time my Dad and I were fishing for flounder in the inland waterway near Little River, SC. We had drifted in such a way that our fishing lines were still in deeper […]Read more
What to do when Your Axe Head Flies Off?
There is a remarkable story found in 2 Kings 6:1-7, where a group described as the “sons of the prophets” undertake to expand their living quarters. They have gone along with Elisha to the banks of the Jordan where they are cutting down trees for the building project. One of the young preacher boys is […]Read more
Explosion by God’s Spirit!
Explosion? I asked twice if that was the word I heard used. Have you ever longed to see God work in such a powerful way that you could only describe it as an explosion? And here was a description of an explosion of God’s work among a people we had labored long and hard with. […]Read more
Pastor (or Church) I Want to Be Your Mission Pastor.
I Want to Be Your Mission Pastor. Every church can afford me because we work based on your budget. Why does it matter? Every church can improve its missional serve. Every church can take the next step. Having a mission pastor will make the next step much easier. Emil Bruner wrote in 1931, The Word […]Read more
Do You Need a Mission Coach?
Do you need a mission coach? I think this is an important question in our 21st century church lives and our ministries. People are using coaches to help them in all areas of life. The business world has recognized the value of coaching for a long time. Like in other areas, the church has been […]Read more
Spirit-filled Church! How do you know?
How can you tell if a church is Spirit-filled? Some of our “friends” will quickly say that it is obvious: there is an outward display of the sign gifts of speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, and working of miracles. I am not debating the existence of the cessation of those gifts when I say […]Read more
Multiplying Disciples is the Only Option
It is interesting to study the book of Acts and note how quickly the early disciples became a multiplying movement. I am astounded that Luke tells us the exact numbers until the church has become more than 20 or 30,000 and then he starts speaking of a multitude. Later when Paul writes to Timothy he […]Read more
It’s Complicated! And downright Non-Cooperative.
It’s Complicated! Or is it? We are Cooperative people. Or are we? I admit it! I confess! I converted from Presbyterianism to Baptist faith for a deeply significant reason. My friend from down the street invited me to church with him, and after the first visit I was hooked. There was no turning back. The […]Read more