Graciousness. Ahhhhhhhhhhh!

Gracious moments. We can’t live without them. When we extend grace to others, despite our flaws and weaknesses, we reflect something of the very nature and character of Christ. With grace, sin becomes the enemy, not people. What was it that enabled Paul to endure such sinful opposition and rotten attitudes from a group of people he risked his life to reach for Christ? What was it that kept him coming back and writing, instructing, and teaching, even when it seemed that none of it was sinking in? Grace believes the best of people and draws it out of them. There is nothing cowardly about … [Read more...]

Gracelessness.

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Graceless moments. They have a way of sucking the life right out of us. They put the clamps on our spirits and keep us from breathing. Inconsiderate. Disrespectful. Out to hurt. Graceless moments always come at the most inopportune times. They snatch all notions of faith, hope, and love right out of us and replace them with doubt, suspicion, and anger. Paul knew all about graceless moments. Even though he was the trailblazing pioneer of the Corinthian church, this particular group brought him much heartache. Despite the fact that he had been the first to bring the gospel to Corinth, the … [Read more...]

An Interesting Elevator Ride: The Book That Sparks Opinion

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If you ever want to make an elevator ride interesting, just casually ask the fellow riders in the car what they think about THE BIBLE. And, then, hope you’re in a tall building, because it seems that everybody has an opinion about the Bible. The varying opinions of the Bible are many. Views range from a “pack of lies”... to “the hope of the world.” One psychologist wrote that in his opinion, “...a person who takes the Bible seriously is demonstrating a sickening form of dependency that ought to be addressed in long-term therapy.” On the contrary, a federal judge once said … [Read more...]

Pentecostal Ecumenism? – Dispatches from Converge21/SPS (Part One)

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Who said “revivals” all have to lead to the creation of new “movements” or even denominations? It just may be that the best revivals are those that bring people back, back home, back to their roots, back to their senses (cf. Lk. 15:17), and in some cases even back to the churches of their youth or even to breaking bread with the same. I recently attended Converge21 (C21), an event that brought together a selected group of leaders, pastors, educators and next-geners to collaborate on “the future direction of the Spirit-empowered (a.k.a. – Pentecostal or Charismatic) movement in … [Read more...]

A Pentecostal Growth Explosion – Over A-Fourth of Christendom

The Pentecostal movement itself continues to grow at a rapid rate. It is arguably the fastest-growing component of Christendom today. Johnson, Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (located at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) gave a new report on the status of Spirit-Empowered churches. The Center has recently adopted the term “Renewalists” to represent the three key sectors of this movement, including Classical Pentecostals, Main-line Denominational Charismatics and Independent Charismatics. At present, it is estimated that these groups combined make up 584 … [Read more...]

A.W. Tozer on The Holy Spirit & Today’s Church

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The late Dr. A. W. Tozer, author and pastor, said, "If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference." … [Read more...]

Same-Sex Marriage: Does Obama’s Decision Alienate Black Pastors/Leaders?

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Bishop Harry Jackson, an African-American pastor and board member of the National Association of Evangelicals, expresses the awkward position he finds himself in following President Obama's decision to publicly endorse same-sex marriage. Apparently, he is not alone. Will Obama's decision frustrate some of his key constituents? And, was it really an announcement he wanted to make BEFORE the election? What do you think?   … [Read more...]


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