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Three Pastors and a Lesbian

Three Pastors and a Lesbian

It’s not a setup for a bad joke. This story really happened.  My friends and I were taking an Uber to a local pizza place after attending a missions conference in Houston, Texas. All three of us were church planters, which means we split the fourteen-dollar charge for...

Five Action Steps the Church Can Take to Care for the Lonely

Five Action Steps the Church Can Take to Care for the Lonely

“Mark, I don’t even know where to begin,” Matt stated as we talked over coffee. “The needs of my church are so great that I often feel paralyzed. I don’t know what the first step should even be.” It can seem overwhelming for a church to care for the vast needs of the...

What is Intercultural Evangelism?

What is Intercultural Evangelism?

Sadhu Sundar Singh, a beloved Christian from India, told a story of a high-caste man in India who collapsed from heat exhaustion while waiting on a railway station platform. He explained, someone ran to the faucet, filled a cup with water, and brought it to the man in...

Basic Beliefs Matter

Basic Beliefs Matter

BASIC BELIEFS OF SECULAR HUMANISM There is no God There is no devil The Bible is full of myths The universe is self-caused There is no such thing as sin There is no after-life judgment Gender is what you want it to be Heaven and hell are make-believe There is no such...

Are You Praying Like an Adulterer?

Are You Praying Like an Adulterer?

“Unanswered” prayer always stings, but when we consider what God might be up to in his supposed silence, it can lessen some of that sting. Corrie ten Boom, who survived a Nazi concentration camp, said that any suffering becomes bearable when you know its purpose!  God...

Why “Influencer Culture” Is Putting Your Child in Danger

Why “Influencer Culture” Is Putting Your Child in Danger

Emily scrolled through her Instagram feed entranced. Friends. Acquaintances. People she’d never met. All of them posting their latest grasp for approval, represented by that all-so-important number . . . likes. A guy named Ethan just posted a picture of himself posing...

God’s Call to Welcome and Embrace The Addicted

God’s Call to Welcome and Embrace The Addicted

Drug addiction is killing people just like you and me: fellow image bearers of God who are moms dads, uncles aunts daughters and sons From February 2018 to February 2019 alone, 69,000 people died of drug overdoses.  This problem has grown markedly worse during the...

Superheroes Needed!

Superheroes Needed!

It’s Them! Superheros Like an intense, action-packed Marvel movie, the stage is set, and the head-to-head battle between Light and Darkness is coming to a head. It’s taken decades to get here with the last six months progressing at warp speed. Many of God’s people are...

Has Jesus left the building?

Has Jesus left the building?

As we sit in the back pew and look around, we notice the dearth of people and wonder: Has Jesus left the building? COVID-19 has been foremost in many minds for over a year. We’ve all had our lives restricted, have had to follow orders in our personal lives from the...

Three Pastors and a Lesbian

Three Pastors and a Lesbian

It’s not a setup for a bad joke. This story really happened.  My friends and I were taking an Uber to a local pizza place after attending a missions conference in Houston, Texas. All three of us were church planters, which means we split the fourteen-dollar charge for...

Five Action Steps the Church Can Take to Care for the Lonely

Five Action Steps the Church Can Take to Care for the Lonely

“Mark, I don’t even know where to begin,” Matt stated as we talked over coffee. “The needs of my church are so great that I often feel paralyzed. I don’t know what the first step should even be.” It can seem overwhelming for a church to care for the vast needs of the...

What is Intercultural Evangelism?

What is Intercultural Evangelism?

Sadhu Sundar Singh, a beloved Christian from India, told a story of a high-caste man in India who collapsed from heat exhaustion while waiting on a railway station platform. He explained, someone ran to the faucet, filled a cup with water, and brought it to the man in...

Basic Beliefs Matter

Basic Beliefs Matter

BASIC BELIEFS OF SECULAR HUMANISM There is no God There is no devil The Bible is full of myths The universe is self-caused There is no such thing as sin There is no after-life judgment Gender is what you want it to be Heaven and hell are make-believe There is no such...

Are You Praying Like an Adulterer?

Are You Praying Like an Adulterer?

“Unanswered” prayer always stings, but when we consider what God might be up to in his supposed silence, it can lessen some of that sting. Corrie ten Boom, who survived a Nazi concentration camp, said that any suffering becomes bearable when you know its purpose!  God...

Why “Influencer Culture” Is Putting Your Child in Danger

Why “Influencer Culture” Is Putting Your Child in Danger

Emily scrolled through her Instagram feed entranced. Friends. Acquaintances. People she’d never met. All of them posting their latest grasp for approval, represented by that all-so-important number . . . likes. A guy named Ethan just posted a picture of himself posing...

God’s Call to Welcome and Embrace The Addicted

God’s Call to Welcome and Embrace The Addicted

Drug addiction is killing people just like you and me: fellow image bearers of God who are moms dads, uncles aunts daughters and sons From February 2018 to February 2019 alone, 69,000 people died of drug overdoses.  This problem has grown markedly worse during the...

Superheroes Needed!

Superheroes Needed!

It’s Them! Superheros Like an intense, action-packed Marvel movie, the stage is set, and the head-to-head battle between Light and Darkness is coming to a head. It’s taken decades to get here with the last six months progressing at warp speed. Many of God’s people are...

Has Jesus left the building?

Has Jesus left the building?

As we sit in the back pew and look around, we notice the dearth of people and wonder: Has Jesus left the building? COVID-19 has been foremost in many minds for over a year. We’ve all had our lives restricted, have had to follow orders in our personal lives from the...

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