Easter Sermon Audio: Everything Changes When Jesus Speaks


Celebrate Resurrection Day with a listen to my recent sermon based on John 20, exploring the first few interactions people had with Jesus following his triumphant rising from the dead.Everyone Jesus encounters is confused, fearful, and or doubting. Maybe you can relate. Not surprisingly, everything changes when Jesus speaks.Listen. Learn. Believe. He is risen!  … [Read more...]

How the Passover Preaches the Gospel of Jesus

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On this Good Friday, when most eyes in Christendom turn to refocus on Christ's sacrifice and suffering on the cross, the Passover also rightly comes to mind.It's not only because the Passover meal served as the capstone to Christ's equipping of his disciples, nor is it just because Christ chose to transform the Passover into the new ordinance for His Church. Different traditions call it different things -- the Eucharist, the Lord's Supper, or Communion. But all agree it is significant.I f … [Read more...]

12 Questions Every New Leader Should Ask: Guest Post with Catalyst

Congratulations! You made it! You're the new leader. Now what?I know you're supposed to always look like you know what you're doing but -- truth be told -- new leaders often don't even know where to start. They drift around for a month or so, smiling a lot, ordering new stationery while they act as if they've got it covered.I came across this all-too-familiar scenario recently while coaching a young executive at a non-profit. He had been moved unexpectedly....Read the rest of 12 … [Read more...]

Pope Francis I: Sectarian Culture Warriors Trump Ecumenical Culture Wimps


I'm always eager to introduce opinions from people who know more than I do about a topic, such as the selection of the new Pope, Francis I. Privileged to feature a guest post from P. Andrew Sandlin, President of The Center for Cultural Leadership.  He founded CCL in 2001 with the conviction that only eminently equipped cultural leaders will actually create a new Christian culture — and that only transformed Christians can transform the present anti-Christian culture of the West. Follow his blog h … [Read more...]

Choosing a New Pope: Why the Media Cares about the Next Italian Idol


What the klieg lights give, the klieg lights take away. Such is the double-edged sword of media coverage.My Catholic friends would do well to remember it in the rush of media coverage over choosing a new pope. The 24/7 coverage of papal smoke signals all seems like a twisted dream sequence of American Idol -- just in Rome -- and without the horiffic singing. Call it The Search for the Next Italian Idol. (No offense intended to my Catholic friends, but it might be cool if one of the … [Read more...]

God, Gun Control, and the Gospel: Where Is Our Hope?


I'm a big fan of guns. Anyone who follows along here regularly at FaithWalkers knows that. I think guns play a vital role in securing our liberty to worship God freely in the United States.But I'm a fan of laws, as well. And I think that guns can do a lot of harm when used improperly. So I see both the value of laws to provide boundaries on our freedoms to own guns, and I see the value of owning guns to protect those freedoms.In this ongoing gun control debate in our society, my conce … [Read more...]

School Choice: The Internet, College Education, and the Local Church


National School Choice Week 2013, which runs from Jan. 27 through Feb. 2, shines a spotlight on the need for education opportunities for all. In only its third year, this bipartisan, grassroots effort features more than 3,500 events spanning all 50 states. This is a guest post be Amanda Sanchez, an integral part of the CaCHE movement exploring how to connect college education, the Internet, and local churches around the world.While school vouchers, alternative educational options, and tax … [Read more...]

Inaugural Prayer: What I Wish Louie Giglio Had Said in His Statement

I have great respect for Pastor Louie Giglio of Passion City Church.I was pleased to hear Giglio had been invited to pray at President Obama's Inauguration. I was not pleased to hear that he had been pressured into withdrawing from participating due to his having once expressed the implications of his Christian faith concerning homosexual behavior. Although I understand Louie Giglio's concerns about protests potentially distracting both from the Inauguration and his own ministry efforts, I … [Read more...]