And what is that “gradual way”? It is the way of compromise. It is the way of allowing the world to squeeze us into its mold. It is the way of not being conformed to the image of the Son (Romans 8 and 12:1-2) It is the way of rocky and thorny soil (Mark 4); … More How to Go to Hell
I heard a horror story yesterday. A large mega-church “hired” ten interns. One day before they were to finish their internships, they were all fired and none were given good recommendations. None. I said, “hired” in quotes because they were paid “slave wages” and worked long hours. At another church, apparently a mega-church with a … More A Pastoral Horror Story
Over the years, consulting with many churches, pastoring three, planting one, overseeing the planting of seven others, I have come to the conclusion that many in our churches have a misunderstanding of and a conflation of terms when they talk about outreach and evangelism. They are different. They may be handmaids to one another but … More The Difference between Outreach and Evangelism
While studying today I found this gem. “The moment you begin to testify for the Lord, someone will oppose you. . . . John Calvin lived in Switzerland as a refugee from France. John Knox, the Scottish Presbyterian, lived in danger of his life, because of government opposition to his preaching. John Wesley was stoned, … More What Stops You?
Part One of a two part series: Practice the Ministry of Presence. There is no influence without contact. My general rule is that if a neighbor invites me to anything, whatever was on my schedule is going to be replaced. My neighbors know I am a Christian. So when they are willing to take the … More 7 Ideas for Summer Outreach in Your Neighborhood
This story goes back about 20 years. “Who is ‘untouchable’ in your ministry—who wouldn’t you give away?” I was speaking at a conference for church planters. Our church had planted 7 churches in its first nine years and the conferees were eager to find out how. The question came … More Who is Untouchable in Your Ministry?
Those of you who know me know that I am an unabashed, constant propagandist for missionary biographies. There is such wonder and glory wrapped up in the stories of simple faithfulness, even amidst tragedy and heartbreaking loss. When faithful believers in obedience to Christ tell others of the wonder of the Savior and trust God … More Weep Over the Greatness of the Gospel
Yesterday, Sunday September 24th, 2017 was an important day for the Church in America. It was the day set aside to educate, motivate, and take action on the perhaps the most grievous 21st Century problem facing humanity. I’m not talking about global warming, or in-credible leadership, or political partisanship or millennial angst, or declining church … More The Importance of September 24th
A simple and wonderful story of God’s faithfulness and what He has done and continues to do in Russia. Listen patiently. Listen expectantly. Listen without distractions. Then spend a few moments in prayer for the work of God in difficult places and for the servants who take the gospel there.
A Snap Shot of an Evening in the Neighborhood All times are approximate. Home at 5:30 PM: Out for a brief bike ride, 22 minutes, 6 miles. Stop at High School gym to look in on a girls Volleyball game. One of our families has a daughter on the team. It’s a chance to sit … More What Does “Neighboring” Look Like?