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What Position Do Women Hold in Islam?

What Position Do Women Hold in Islam?

Until fifty years ago, hardly anyone in the West was interested in Muslims or their religion, Islam. It was largely because of the discovery of incredible oil reserves in Arabic countries and increased international terrorism that caused Islam to achieve certain...

Why Is “Relational” Parenting That Important?

Why Is “Relational” Parenting That Important?

It’s been thirty years now since the first personal computers and cellphones began infiltrating almost all aspects of our everyday life. We’ve been dealing with technology long enough now to begin understanding the risk factors that we didn’t recognize early on....

Forgiveness is central to the Christian story

Forgiveness is central to the Christian story

At the core of our faith is the knowledge that we are broken people, incapable of restoring our relationship with God, or with each other, through our own efforts alone. And that admission of our own brokenness is foundational to understanding and navigating our...

Pastoring Is About People

Pastoring Is About People

After months of sitting with the Enneagram and sharing in its insights, my mind turned to my work as the pastor of a church. What about the church? I remember thinking. Does the Enneagram have anything helpful to say about pastoring a congregation, working with a...

An Application of the Prophetic Challenge with the Present

An Application of the Prophetic Challenge with the Present

First, prophecy fulfilled is history and understanding it is a matter of study.  Second, prophecy's future is an expectation, and understanding it is a matter of judgment.  Finally, prophecy unfolding is a matter of discernment.  And that, is the prophetic challenge,...

6 Church Trends for 2021

6 Church Trends for 2021

Now that we are over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we have a better idea of what church looks like in the “new normal.” While we still long for a return to the way things used to be, we also need to adapt to changing times. Here are a few church trends we’ll...

Training Wheels for the Great Commission

Training Wheels for the Great Commission

If there is a highway to the Great Commission most people need training wheels to get there. If you are like me, as a leader you have a Holy burden to see the bride of Christ get after her calling of making disciples of Jesus. You long for them to have the same...

The New Prosperity Theology

The New Prosperity Theology

I’m afraid a look into popular Christianity in America reveals teachings of a religion far from what the early church would have recognized. This Christianity worships a god who wants us to achieve worldly happiness, make our dreams prosper, and reach our fullest...

Pastor: Thou Shalt Not Kill Thyself

Pastor: Thou Shalt Not Kill Thyself

 Ministry is hard work, beset by temptation, difficulty, and weariness. Clergy are not immune to depression or suicidal thoughts. What follows is advice for pastors, designed to help prevent the depression that can lead to suicide. Fellowship It is all too common for...

12 Powerful Ways Jesus Chooses to Not “Play Nice” Part 2

12 Powerful Ways Jesus Chooses to Not “Play Nice” Part 2

What happens before the Bible’s most famous verse, John 3:16? To Jesus, the  master conversationalist, it’s all fair game toward one overriding mission. Nicodemus is confused. Jesus comes right back at him. “Pay attention. That which is holy and true to God is like...

What Position Do Women Hold in Islam?

What Position Do Women Hold in Islam?

Until fifty years ago, hardly anyone in the West was interested in Muslims or their religion, Islam. It was largely because of the discovery of incredible oil reserves in Arabic countries and increased international terrorism that caused Islam to achieve certain...

Why Is “Relational” Parenting That Important?

Why Is “Relational” Parenting That Important?

It’s been thirty years now since the first personal computers and cellphones began infiltrating almost all aspects of our everyday life. We’ve been dealing with technology long enough now to begin understanding the risk factors that we didn’t recognize early on....

Forgiveness is central to the Christian story

Forgiveness is central to the Christian story

At the core of our faith is the knowledge that we are broken people, incapable of restoring our relationship with God, or with each other, through our own efforts alone. And that admission of our own brokenness is foundational to understanding and navigating our...

Pastoring Is About People

Pastoring Is About People

After months of sitting with the Enneagram and sharing in its insights, my mind turned to my work as the pastor of a church. What about the church? I remember thinking. Does the Enneagram have anything helpful to say about pastoring a congregation, working with a...

An Application of the Prophetic Challenge with the Present

An Application of the Prophetic Challenge with the Present

First, prophecy fulfilled is history and understanding it is a matter of study.  Second, prophecy's future is an expectation, and understanding it is a matter of judgment.  Finally, prophecy unfolding is a matter of discernment.  And that, is the prophetic challenge,...

6 Church Trends for 2021

6 Church Trends for 2021

Now that we are over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we have a better idea of what church looks like in the “new normal.” While we still long for a return to the way things used to be, we also need to adapt to changing times. Here are a few church trends we’ll...

Training Wheels for the Great Commission

Training Wheels for the Great Commission

If there is a highway to the Great Commission most people need training wheels to get there. If you are like me, as a leader you have a Holy burden to see the bride of Christ get after her calling of making disciples of Jesus. You long for them to have the same...

The New Prosperity Theology

The New Prosperity Theology

I’m afraid a look into popular Christianity in America reveals teachings of a religion far from what the early church would have recognized. This Christianity worships a god who wants us to achieve worldly happiness, make our dreams prosper, and reach our fullest...

Pastor: Thou Shalt Not Kill Thyself

Pastor: Thou Shalt Not Kill Thyself

 Ministry is hard work, beset by temptation, difficulty, and weariness. Clergy are not immune to depression or suicidal thoughts. What follows is advice for pastors, designed to help prevent the depression that can lead to suicide. Fellowship It is all too common for...

12 Powerful Ways Jesus Chooses to Not “Play Nice” Part 2

12 Powerful Ways Jesus Chooses to Not “Play Nice” Part 2

What happens before the Bible’s most famous verse, John 3:16? To Jesus, the  master conversationalist, it’s all fair game toward one overriding mission. Nicodemus is confused. Jesus comes right back at him. “Pay attention. That which is holy and true to God is like...

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