There is incontrovertible evidence that the American Church is in decline in Western Culture. At the same time, there are encouraging signs too. More churches are being planted now than at any time in the last 100 years and mutliple thousands are finding new life in Christ every day. But to fuel the good trends, … More 11 “Absences” that Prove the Descent of the American Church
This is the prayer I pray every time I move to the pulpit. “I believe in the Holy Spirit” —Spurgeon.
Tuesday is for Thinking Few even know his name today but in 1648 when he drew his last breath on July 19th at the age of 68 he was known as a scholar, a faithful servant of Christ and a powerful defender of the faith. Dr. William Twisse was appointed the presiding officer of the … More He Died too Soon but He Died Well: Will You Die Well?
Monday is for Praying for a New Country You’ve heard it said that to be victorious in a military battle you must have the “most boots on the ground.” Conversely, to be victorious in a spiritual battle, you must have the most “knees on the ground.” The mysterious character “Eli” to his young pastor friend … More The Nation’s Only Hope is Getting More Knees on the Ground
Weekend Links This promise is still true: “If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14) The United States is not Israel; … More The Meaning of Charleston; SCOTUS ruling; John Piper; the DRESS back in the news; Parenting and much more
Thursday is for Vision You are reading a book and a statement is made that makes you want to shout “hallelujah” and maybe dance a jig. You are listening to song and one of the lyrics speaks so powerfully to your soul that you are instantaneously brought to tears. A preacher is preaching his heart … More How to Destroy Leadership Initiative and Power
I am about to leave Kansas City after a three day conference on church planting hosted at Mid-America Nazarene Universtiy by Dynamic Church Planting International. Last night I had a long conversation with a great young catalytic leader and church planter by the name of Brandon Marten. Pray for him; he is making a real … More We’ve Got Discipleship All Wrong
I am at a church planting conference in Kansas City and one of the presenters told me that he has been using this particular post I wrote some time ago all over the USA (doesn’t work in Canada!) to talk about the need for prayer support of church plants. So I thought I might resurrect … More Four Types of Churches: With Apologies to the US Military
Sunday Musings Today is the start of a busy next three days. I leave for the Dynamic Church Planting conference in Olathe, KS. This is a recertification training time for all master trainers with DCPI but it is also a time to reinvigorate our hearts and mind with new ideas to help all of us and our … More Dynamic Church Planting Conference
Weekend Links Twenty miles on the bike today and then a good hour long phone call with my brother. What a refreshing conversation to cool down with after a windy ride. Spent yesterday working in the garden and on the lawn. It was a relaxing day off but I miss my wife who returns in a … More Proving God; White Privilege; Elisabeth Elliot; Rachel Doezal, Tim Keller, D.A. Carson; and a Review of Pixar’s “Inside Out”