August 11, 2018

I’m fairly sure that most of you are subscribed to my Thursday UNFILTERED email list. But just in case you aren’t, I didn’t want you to miss Thursday’s article, given the importance it has to me. The article is a call to help me assemble a Ministry Dream Team. Click here to read it. Read more

August 11, 2018

Today, I’m pausing my responses to your questions and will resume that series on Friday. The 93rd episode of my podcast is for every believer, but especially for Christians in their 20s and 30s. So if you’re in your 20s and 30s, be sure to listen to this episode and share it with all your peers. If you’re older, then share it with every person you know — friends, children, nieces, nephews — who is in their 20s and 30s…. Read more

August 6, 2018

The New Testament is made up of numerous letters to the church, written by apostolic workers like Paul of Tarsus, Simon Peter, John and others. Paul alone wrote 9 letters to the church (or the early ekklesias during his day). Those letters to the churches are fascinating on a number of fronts. First, these letters give us a peek into the apostolic message of God’s Eternal Purpose. Second, the letters also give us a window into the life of the… Read more

August 5, 2018

In the 94th episode of the podcast, I outline the 7 distinct features of the present-day ministry of Jesus Christ. At the end of the episode, I climb on a limb and start sawing hard . . . I took a phone call from someone who was very distraught. They solicited my advice on their situations and I gave it. I’ll say no more. Give it a listen. As we talked about before, if you feel you don’t you have… Read more

August 4, 2018

Like their predecessors, the “New Athiests” have had a field day with the Old Testament, using it to malign God and cast aspersions on His goodness. This isn’t terribly hard to do. Just open up Exodus, Numbers, or Deuteronomy and start reading them with a modern-Western-rational mindset. Enter David Lamb’s compelling book, God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist? Lamb is an Old Testament scholar. And his God Behaving Badly is a fog-clearing piece of work… Read more

July 29, 2018

Have you ever read the Old Testament . . .  all of it? It’s riddled with episodes of God becoming angry, God being filled with hot-boiling wrath, God changing His mind, God commanding Israel to destroy other nations — including the women and children, God creating “seemingly” crazy unreasonable laws, God allowing injustices, etc. etc. Right? All of this has given atheists, agnostics, and those hostile to Christianity ample ammunition to try and discredit the faith. At the end of… Read more

July 28, 2018

The following post was written by T. Austin-Sparks. The term “Christian” was first used in Antioch in the first century to describe the early followers of Jesus. Sparks does a great job redeeming the original meaning of the word in a day where the term has become quite murky. – “And Agrippa said unto Paul, With but little persuasion thou wouldest fain make me a Christian” (Acts 26:28). Let us say at the outset that we are using the word “Christian”… Read more

July 25, 2018

If you are on my Thursday UNFILTERED email list, you were sent an announcement about our new YouTube channel designed to equip and spread the Insurgence. ==> GO HERE TO ACCESS AND SUBSCRIBE TO THE CHANNEL – there are 22 videos on it with more coming in August. Enjoy! Read more

July 23, 2018

The following is a guest article written by Amy Tori. In an increasingly unsettled world, it’s important to find anchors in life to help us weather any challenges and times of emotional turmoil. It’s in times of great difficulty that many turn to their faith for extra guidance. Spending more time in the presence of God, or simply communicating with God, can reveal meaning and light in even the darkest of circumstances. And while turning to Faith and spirituality is… Read more

July 22, 2018

The following article is from Reimagining Church by Frank Viola, the part of the book entitled “Who is Your Covering?” (copyright 2008, David C. Cook). The endnotes aren’t included in the article, but they appear in the book. REIMAGINING LEADERSHIP The New Testament doctrine of ministry rests therefore not on the clergy-laity distinction but on the twin and complimentary pillars of the priesthood of all believers and the gifts of the Spirit. Today, four centuries after the Reformation, the full… Read more

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