Of course we should be glad when any purveyor of smut shuts down or suffers a setback. But we should not delude ourselves. The culture of porn is financially rich and dangerously addictive.
When the way of Jesus clashes with "street smarts."
"Sending" is churches’ God-given birthright.
There is one thought about the conveniences of modern life that keeps eating at me. What if we are forfeiting opportunities to engage with people, particularly in the ways the Jesus did?
If we’re going to speak up for the unborn, we have to speak up for the poor.
There is not shortage of challenges is answering the call to take the Gospel to those who have never heard it. Standing beside what seems an insurmountable wall of fear, financial challenges, real-life distractions, dangers, and, if we are honest, selfishness, we sit down. Or we turn around. Or we try to find some other wall that is easier to climb. And still, God has called us onward.
In response to modern culture, the Church often assumes a defensive position. Christ has called us to something more.
A little boy ran up to us with a baby in his hands. Curious as to what he was doing I turned and faced him and he immediately placed the infant in my arms, smiled at me, and ran away.
The ferment of the gospel needs the wineskin of the church.
Why does God allow so many of his children to be poor?
If you want to change the movement of your church, you have to change the message.
Isn’t it God’s mission to hallow His name? Isn’t His grandest purpose in the Gospel to reveal His glory?
They can only go as deep as the gospel we give them.
Our hope in the face of demonic assault is that the glory of the age to come has already invaded this present evil age in Jesus of Nazareth whose kingdom will not be consummated until the eschaton. The believer must realize that he or she lives in the overlap of the ages
Dream about the future together and celebrate your diversity as you do.
Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.
Let's find ways to welcome and celebrate diverse cultural expressions among believers. To fail to do so is to rob God of the varying forms of worship due His name.
One big challenge is how many people in the community think they know what it means to be Christian
How are God's messengers like wind and fire?
According to Tim Keller, virtually all the great evangelistic challenges of the New Testament are basically calls to plant churches, not simply to share the faith.
In the middle of winter, Boston was low on fuel and a man came to the governor complaining that a "needy person" was stealing from his woodpile . . .
Let us be radically compassionate because of the radical compassion we have richly received from Jesus.
According to the Mission Society, approximately 75% of internationals are never invited into an American home. Most internationals come from cultures that put great emphasis on hospitality and yet they find that in America there is little hospitality offered to them.
Some ask, "Do we really need another church?" The better question is, "Are there still lost people in our communities?"
Mission begins with a kind of explosion of joy.
God uses the most ordinary of people and the most ordinary of settings to do the most extraordinary things. It is so important, so critical, that we remember. For when people forget, we are but one generation away from darkness. But darkness is never so dark that a single Light cannot but easily pierce it.
Although I moved in early 2015 to the Midwest, I left a big piece of my heart back in New England, the least-churched region of the nation. I still hear regularly from folks interested in the future of church planting, revitalization, and gospel ministry in the New England states, so the following ten items are meant to help those praying and planning adjust their expectations in one respect or another.…
Here are some common ways churches engage in “mission drift.”