How I Stir My Faith During Troubled Times

This has been the most spiritually intense season I’ve ever lived through. We’ve only reached the midpoint of this year, yet many of us are ready for 2020 to be over. First there was the coronavirus lockdown in March, then George Floyd was killed in Minnesota in May—and riots erupted amid peaceful protests. Now, medical experts say a second surge of the virus is heading our way, just in time for the presidential election.
Put on your seat belts, my friends. I don’t expect the second half of this year to be any easier.

Six Ways to Identify the Anti Christ Spirit

Back in the 1940s, people believed Adolf Hitler was the Antichrist because he murdered more than 6 million Jews. A couple of decades later, Americans spread the rumor that Communist leader Leonid Brezhnev was the true Antichrist. Then in 1976, the popular movie The Omen fueled the idea that the Antichrist might emerge from the United States.

Why Hide and Seek Is God’s Favorite Game

It was in the fall of 1987. I had moved to Mesquite, Texas, to take a position with Church on the Rock in Rockwall. My life had been turned upside down; everything was falling apart.

As States Reopen, Should Churches Return to ‘Business as Usual’?

After more than two months of stringent lockdown orders, churches across America are finally beginning to reopen, a welcome sign to millions of people of faith who have been waiting for the chance to gather and worship together.

Positive and Negative Results From the Present Civil Unrest

During national crises, specific segments of the political and ideological spectrum attempt to capitalize and push their agendas.

Although this is unfortunate, after the horrific murder of George Floyd, there is potential for both good and bad results.

We Haven’t Cried Yet

This past weekend, a group of black, white and Latino Christians gathered in the central downtown square in LaGrange, Georgia, where I live. We met to address the pain and anger people are feeling in the aftermath of George Floyd’s tragic death in Minnesota.

Reconciliation Changes Relationships on a Heart Level

Culturally and socially, the word “reconciliation” has taken on a new meaning—and urgency.

A Prayer for America Amid Protests & Pandemics

In college, I remember hearing our campus pastor’s frequent refrain: “A diamond shines brightest against a black backdrop.” His point was that, as the world grows darker, and our sin paints an increasingly gloomy picture of this temporal existence, the Gospel is illuminated all the more.

Arizona Pastor Offers Biblical Response to Looting, Rioting

If you grew up in the ’90s, you remember those popular “WWJD” bracelets. Those letters stood for the question: “What would Jesus do?” These days, according to some, the answer is rioting, looting, and burning.

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