What kind of “fishing” was Jesus talking about?

What role does a church community play in the work of evangelism? A great place to start in looking at this theologically is the actual words and context of Christ's determination: "I will make you fishers of men (Matt. 4:19)." For starters, was his metaphor of ministry about poles or nets?Read my recent article in Leadership Journal called “Rod and Reel, or Net?” The Pole vs. The Net. – A Fishing Mindset What does it mean when our efforts to evangelize are more communitarian? And, how can we help people get “caught into a community”? What is the difference between a pole fishing mindset … [Read more...]

Is Joel Osteen saying that following Christ doesn’t involve suffering?

Take a close and careful listen to this recent interview Wolf Blitzer of CNN had with Pastor Joel Osteen. While many will be shocked over his statements about Mormonism, to me the more astounding assertion he makes is related to the subject of Christianity and the theme of suffering. Listen to the interview, check your Bible and let me know your thoughts. … [Read more...]

Samuel Rodriguez Remembers Chuck Colson

Samuel Rodriguez is the President of the NHCLC and recognized as the national leader of Hispanic and Latino Evangelicals.

Robert Crosby: How would you describe the late Chuck Colson and his contribution to the church world?Samuel Rodriguez: Chuck Colson stands as an iconic figure. He enriched the Christian community by personifying the power of a redeemed narrative. His personal experience speaks of a man who fell into grace rather than falling from grace. From the birth of Prison Fellowship to the Manhattan Declaration, Dr. Colson’s optics of reconciling truth with love permeated all aspects of his life. I had the privilege of serving with him on the Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary Board and serving as hi … [Read more...]

The Hunger Generation: 11 Soul Cries That Are No “Game”

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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya AngelouEvery year an avalanche of paperback novels and newly produced movies flies off the shelves and onto thousands of screens across the country. Millions of buyers pick up a new piece of fiction and lay down $10+ for a movie in which to escape while relaxing on the beach or in the comfort of a well-cushioned chair. There is a reason for this — everyone loves a good story!Stories shape our lives, our world, even our souls. Stories capture our imaginations. The latest one to do so in a big way is certainly The … [Read more...]

The Demise of Guys? – What is Happening to the American Male?

Philip Zimbardo, American psychologist and Professor Emeritus at Standford University, makes some astounding and alarming observations about the young American male today. He makes no effort at assessing how we are to respond, but leaves that to the listener. Listen to this analysis of the new male psyche and hold onto your seat. The church and parents have their work cut out for them. … [Read more...]

A President, Not a Pastor.

Could an Evangelical Christian in good conscience vote to elect a practicing Mormon as President of the United States? That is the question with which millions of voters in this country are now wrestling. Because of this struggle, all of Mitt Romney’s efforts to date have not allowed him to rise above twenty-five percent of Republican support in the polls. What gives? Or, should I say, what will give?After much thought and discussion over this question and listening to an endless array of conversations on the subject, here’s my conclusion: There is a difference between choosing a President … [Read more...]

Could He Be the Next Steve Jobs?

It is encouraging to see the enthusiasm, enterprise and entrepreneurial spirit in this young man. Perhaps this time the student teaches the teacher. Pay attention, America! Dr. Robert E. Cooley says that "In today's world, the student is the new 'owner' of education." … [Read more...]


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