Reflections on the American Church and Global Ministry

At a global ministry conference in Beirut, Lebanon, I was asked to share my reflections on the state of the American church and the implications of my observations for global ministry. Here is a survey of what I shared: First, evangelicalism, which is a rich theological construct, has been co-opted…

Four Gems on Leadership

Korah's kin had a tough legacy with which to deal. He was the one who challenged the inestimably great Moses for the leadership of Israel (see Numbers 16). He lost, badly, and was ultimately swallowed up by the ground as punishment from God for daring to affront God's anointed servant,…

Abiding in the Word of God

The crowds in Jerusalem were huge and festive, and they were clamoring to get close to Jesus. Day in and day out during the great Festival of Tabernacles, Jesus taught those who were listening. Consider carefully one of His most significant points: “If you abide in my word, you are…

Leadership Lessons from a Centurion

Tucked within the Scriptures are amazing leadership snapshots, and one worthy of notice is the moment shared between Jesus and the Roman Centurion who has charge over the vicinity of Capernaum on the northern rim of the Sea of Galilee. Luke 7:1-10 ably portrays the story, and within the text…

Meditatio: Further Reflections on Sermonizing

I must confess that my entire approach to preaching is unorthodox and, perhaps, inadequate, at least in the eyes of those who so faithfully equipped me throughout my educational years. This great revelation came to me a bit ago while I was out shoveling the snow off of my driveway.…

The Beauty of Penal Substitution

Not long ago a helpful book regarding the problem of mass incarceration was shared around our community--Dominique Gilliard's work, Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores. His writing does a noble job of highlighting many of the tragic dynamics shaping what I tend to think of as the "Incarceration Complex."…
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