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No Lost Causes

No Lost Causes

“Then Jesus told them this parable, ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the one lost sheep until he finds it?” Luke 15:3-4, niv In a family full of lost sheep, my uncle Jack...

Knowing Whose You Are: Clinging to God in Influencer Culture

Knowing Whose You Are: Clinging to God in Influencer Culture

I’m with some fellow graduate students who are seeking God for next steps. Out of all we have learned, God, how then should we live?  We crazy Christians have the audacity to think we can actually hear from God. And how easily I forget that this is an actual miracle:...

Is This How Christians are Supposed to Act?

Is This How Christians are Supposed to Act?

Have you ever bought a box of strawberries and opened it up to find one rotten strawberry? Of course you have. We all have. When that happens, we don’t throw away the entire box of strawberries. We assume that there was one bad fruit in the bunch and go on eating the...

The Church and Today’s Single Mom

The Church and Today’s Single Mom

Is your largest mission field in your neighborhood? Single moms and their families are one of the most unchurched population segments. One in four homes is single-mom led 50 percent of American children will live in a single parent home before age 18 85 percent of...

Preach LIFE

Preach LIFE

How many sermons have you heard or preached on Protecting and Promoting LIFE? I believe the pulpit is the best place from which to teach and have a conversation with the body of Christ about how to support at-risk moms with a crisis pregnancy. But, it seems even 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...

No Lost Causes

No Lost Causes

“Then Jesus told them this parable, ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the one lost sheep until he finds it?” Luke 15:3-4, niv In a family full of lost sheep, my uncle Jack...

Knowing Whose You Are: Clinging to God in Influencer Culture

Knowing Whose You Are: Clinging to God in Influencer Culture

I’m with some fellow graduate students who are seeking God for next steps. Out of all we have learned, God, how then should we live?  We crazy Christians have the audacity to think we can actually hear from God. And how easily I forget that this is an actual miracle:...

Is This How Christians are Supposed to Act?

Is This How Christians are Supposed to Act?

Have you ever bought a box of strawberries and opened it up to find one rotten strawberry? Of course you have. We all have. When that happens, we don’t throw away the entire box of strawberries. We assume that there was one bad fruit in the bunch and go on eating the...

The Church and Today’s Single Mom

The Church and Today’s Single Mom

Is your largest mission field in your neighborhood? Single moms and their families are one of the most unchurched population segments. One in four homes is single-mom led 50 percent of American children will live in a single parent home before age 18 85 percent of...

Preach LIFE

Preach LIFE

How many sermons have you heard or preached on Protecting and Promoting LIFE? I believe the pulpit is the best place from which to teach and have a conversation with the body of Christ about how to support at-risk moms with a crisis pregnancy. But, it seems even 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...

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