Ask Pastor John: When Do I Unfollow My Pastor?

When Do I Unfollow My Pastor? When should we unfollow our Christian leaders? When does our loyalty to God override our loyalty to a certain church? We get the question from a listener named Peggy. “Hello Pastor John. I have a burning question for you to answer. As Christians, do we pledge our loyalty to church or to God? And when and how should that line be drawn?”The way I answer Peggy will depend on what she is referring to when she says, “loyalty to church.” Does she mean loyalty to the p … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: Can We Be Legalistic About Not Being Legalists?

Can We Be Legalistic About Not Being Legalists?A couple of different listeners in the past month have written in to ask, essentially, “Is it possible to become legalistic about not being legalistic?” Pastor John, what would you say? My short answer would be simply yes, but that won’t have much meaning until we provide some definitions and biblical content for the word “legalism.”Here’s the startling fact that more people need to take into account, and they need to become more careful in … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: And These Will Be Added to You

Bright-eyed and 23 years old, John paced across his condo balcony. Houston’s medical center towers loomed in his twilit view. He gripped the phone by his ear and smiled as he waited for the answer. “Dad, hey! You won’t believe it—I got a new offer! No, not with the agency—they’ll keep me at the bottom at least another year. This could be my calling. It’s here with my church in Houston, in the youth ministry.”His face fell as his dad’s voice cut through the wires, “Don’t even think about it. I … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: My Parents Say Missions is a Waste of American Blessings

Here’s today’s question: “Pastor John, my name is David. I’m a high school senior and I recently felt the call of God to uproot my life for the spread of the gospel among the nations. I have access to several opportunities to go to college overseas through my denomination’s mission board. My pastor has affirmed my calling, and my church is willing and able to send me to study as a student-missionary. It is my plan to go into missions full time after I get my degree. “My parents, on the other han … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: How Are They to Hear?

When Ben and Jessica Turner agreed to move overseas in hopes of sharing their faith in Jesus, they never imagined pizza would give them opportunities to connect with Muslim families on a gorgeous tropical island.“God told us, ‘I want you to go to a place where there is nothing but people who don’t know Me, and where you won’t have all the distractions of the States,’” Jessica remembers.The couple clung to Scripture as they prepared to leave their comfortable lives and become goers. “How t … [Read more...]

WWUTT: What is God’s Will for Your Life?

What is God's will for your life? Well the Bible says: Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) Not the answer you were looking for?That's probably because what you actually want is to have your fortune told.Many ask about the will of God as though it's the Christian equivalent of ”wishing upon a star”. When they talk about God's will for their life, what they're probably talking about is the hopes and dreams they hav … [Read more...]