The One Lesson You Really Need That Churches Rarely Preach

To be made in the image of God means that we’re ripe with potential. We have the divine’s capacity in our DNA. We’re like God. We were created to “image” his behavior, to rule like he does, to gather up the raw materials of our planet and reshape them into a world for human beings to flourish and thrive.

Why John MacArthur Should Apologize to Women Preachers

Fundamentalist preacher John MacArthur, known for his “Grace to You” radio broadcast, didn’t show any grace last weekend when he was asked what he thought about popular Bible teacher Beth Moore. During a pastor’s conference in Sun Valley, California, held Oct. 16-18, MacArthur said he thought Moore should “go home” when he was asked on a panel what he thought of her.

The Miracle of Iran’s Underground Church

Last week during a trip to western Australia, I spoke in a small church comprised mostly of Iranian immigrants. The worship was in Farsi and English, and the pastor typically gives his sermons only in Farsi. My translator that evening, who I will call Ahmed, told me he encountered Jesus for the first time just a few years ago.

Don’t Be Afraid to Let Holy Spirit Move

Last weekend, I preached at a church that meets in a big lecture hall on a university campus in Perth, Australia. Most of the congregation at Zion Praise Harvest Church consists of students from Singapore, China and Malaysia. Some of them met Jesus for the first time while in college.

Four Reasons Christian Men Struggle Spiritually

Last weekend, I led a three-day retreat for 125 men in Pittsburgh. The guys came from more than a dozen states as well as Canada. There were teenagers, college students, 20-somethings, hipsters, jocks, young fathers, businessmen and a few retirees. And the ethnic mix included Ugandan, Korean, Ethiopian, Russian, Hispanic and Ghanaian.

Don’t Freak Out When You’re in Transition

Three years ago this month, my wife and I packed our belongings and made the biggest move of our lives. After living in Florida for 24 years, we pulled up our roots and relocated to Georgia. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done because I’m a sentimental guy who gets very attached to people and places. Yet I found extra grace for this transition because I knew I was following the Holy Spirit.

Maintaining The Passion for Souls

In one of my first Bible college world missions courses, I was introduced to pastor, author, and missions advocate Oswald J. Smith and his enduring classic, The Passion For Souls. Like many missions leaders with many years on this missional journey, our challenge is to maintain this passion and fulfill the only prayer request of the Lord of the Harvest.

7 Ways to Bridge the Generation Gap in the Church

If you watched the Democratic Party’s presidential debate last week, you’ll know why San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro got poor marks from so many commentators and viewers. Castro seemed to be attacking former Vice President Joe Biden for his age, implying that the 76-year-old candidate is losing his memory.

5 Deadly Consequences of a Hard Heart

For years, I have been teaching on the dangers of spiritual heart disease. Over time, I’ve witnessed countless lives fall into the patterns of this disease that can often contribute to the condition of having a hard heart.

Now more than ever before, we need to watch over our hearts with diligence, as the times we live in can condition our hearts to become hardened.

My Friend, Martin Mutyebele

A veteran world missions leader reflects upon a distinguished lifetime of missionary service from his friend and colleague, Bishop Martin Mutyebele who was laid to rest September 6, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.

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