1. Pray (Luke 10:1-2) “After this, the Lord appointed seventy-two others, and he sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:1–2, CSB) The reality is that there will always be more lost people than Christians who want to share the… Read more

1. Some oppose the Gospel because they are JEALOUS (Mark 6:14-16) “King Herod heard about it, because Jesus’s name had become well known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that’s why miraculous powers are at work in him.” But others said, “He’s Elijah.” Still others said, “He’s a prophet, like one of the prophets from long ago.” When Herod heard of it, he said, “John, the one I beheaded, has been raised!”” (Mark 6:14–16,… Read more

Revision as a Spiritual Discipline I have always believed that writing was a spiritual discipline. This book Living Revision, confirms my belief. Andrew has written a book that shows how writing can be a spiritual discipline. Andrew uses the language of faith to help writers. The writer doesn’t make the story. The story makes the writer. Therefore, the writer is a disciple of the story. The writer-disciple is encouraged to write as if it were a lifestyle or faith. Writing… Read more

Mastering Transitions by Ed Bratcher, Robert Kemper, and Douglas Scott is a comprehensive guide. The book shows what a minister should expect when they decide to move from one church to another, or one ministry to another. The book is divided into three parts. The first part of the book addresses “hearing the call.” Unique to Christianity is the idea that God calls a person to a ministry. This part of the book addresses how that happens. The three-step process… Read more

Introduction: Detox, Discern, Decide With Unfriend Yourself, Kyle Tennant has written a how-to guide for the Christian who wants to prevent social media from being a hindrance to one’s life and faith. The book is designed to be used as a tool to help someone go on a Facebook fast. Tennant hopes that the reader will gain a basic understanding of communication theory. He describes a three-step process during this Facebook fast. These steps include: detox, discern, and decide. First, Tennant… Read more

Dr. Billy Graham died today at the age of 99. (You can view his memorial site).He was an ordained Southern Baptist minister. Graham was an evangelist. He was well-admired by many people. During his lifetime, he influenced American Evangelicals and Evangelism. Below are five ways in which he influenced both movements. 1. He brought many organizations together to cooperate in evangelistic efforts Graham launched several ministries. He was the first full-time staff worker for Youth for Christ. In addition, he… Read more

If you have been watching the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in recent years, you know that there has been a decline in membership, a stagnation of baptisms, and an increase in plateauing churches. This has been happening for well over a decade. Read more

10 Helpful Resources for Lent 40 Simple Thoughts for 40 Days of Lent This is a list of 40 simple thoughts or devotional reflections which I have written. They center around “Jesus _______.” God’s Favorite Place on Earth by Frank Viola I read this book during Lent and I found it a delightful read. The way Viola tells the story of Lazarus and his relationship with Jesus was unique and personal. You can find Viola’s blog on Patheos. Preparing for a… Read more

How to Train in the Sport of Godliness 1 Timothy 4:6-10 Starting this week, the Winter Olympics in South Korea will showcase a group of athletes who will compete for medals. Have you ever worked to get better at something? If so, you soon realized that the cliché “practice makes perfect” is true. Olympic Athletes seem to succeed with effortless grace, but their performances aren’t as easy as they look. The average Olympian trains four hours a day at least… Read more

How to Be a Champion in the Game of Life 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Sylvester Stallone surprised the entertainment world by resurrecting his iconic movie hero, Rocky Balboa, for one last film in 2006. Then, while promoting the film, Stallone shocked Christian fans by saying that his faith in Jesus Christ had influenced the writing of the first Rocky screenplay. His renewed affiliation with Christianity had motivated him to write the last one. In an interview with Citizenlink.com, Stallone said, “I… Read more

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