One of the more common mistakes I see among church leaders, and particularly church planters, is confusing getting attention with gaining traction.
- March 17, 2011 |
There is more in grace to save than there is in sin to destroy.
- March 16, 2011 |
Do we live in a pluralistic society or is that changing? A pluralistic society is simply one that is built on religious freedom, a principle that originates from the New Testament. On the other hand, pluralism as a worldview is the notion that all religions, values, philosophies, and truth claims must be seen as equally valid. As a nation we’re headed toward adopting pluralism as our national religion
“There’s nothing wrong with talking and singing about how the ‘Blood will never lose its power’ and ‘Nothing but the blood will save us,’” Bell writes. “Those are powerful metaphors. But we don’t live any longer in a culture in which people offer animal sacrifices to the gods.
There are things worth dying for. The gospel is at the top. This is super important to remember at a time when so many preachers are calling into question (and even mocking) cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith.
Are you afraid? When we focus on the Lord instead of on whatever or whomever makes us afraid, we can be confident in he who is our light and our salvation and the stronghold of our lives.
Celebrating its fifth birthday this month, it’s time to state the obvious: with 190 million people using the micro-blogging website, sending 65 million messages of 140 characters or fewer around the world each day, Twitter has become the people’s voice.
As a result of the overwhelming suffering, injustice, and evil that frequently seems to rule the day, many of us may feel overwhelmed by a sense of despair and may think that improving these conditions is not only futile but also pointless. However...
No matter how random an event may seem, God’s providence and all the little details are part of a big story.
We’re accustomed to describing the book of Jonah as that book about the guy who survived three days in a big fish. What if we began to understand it as a remarkable testimony to God’s extravagant, persevering grace, supremely demonstrated in the gospel of Jesus Christ?
Those who follow him will not walk in darkness but in the blazing light of day.
- March 12, 2011 |
It is often asked how a nation steeped in Christian heritage could have embraced a madman whose messianic fancies led the world into war and six million Jews to their deaths.
"I have no problem if God, in His wisdom, saves people who never heard or knew His name. And, God wouldn't care if I did have a problem with it. If He chooses that I look like a tool for defending the exclusivity of Jesus based on what I read in His Bible, so be it. But, from what I read, there is no other way." ~Jay Sampson
We must always be accepted for Christ’s sake, or we cannot ever be accepted at all. This is not true of us only when we believe. It is just as true after we have believed.
How will Satan attack your church? Does he have a primary strategy, one that seldom fails?