Delivering Angel Tree gifts to the children of incarcerated inmates was my 2012 Christmas’ highlight. Few things seem as pleasing to the Lord as seeing a child realize that she is cared for in this world, especially when the evidence points otherwise.
... But the fruit of Christmas is impossible to achieve or sustain apart from the root. We understand what love is by looking not to ourselves and our good deeds, but by considering Jesus, who came into the world to lay down his life for us.
Pastors have three tools to employ in the work of shepherding: the Word of God, prayer, and their personal example (Acts 6:4; 1 Pet. 5:1-3). The skillful pastor is he who has learned how to use these tools, ... Read more >
Each day’s prayer begins and ends as Luther himself suggests with a waking or retiring prayer. A time of devotion throughout the day follows a repeating pattern that follows the elements of the liturgy ...
Western readers have been very skeptical about the conversion claims made in the “Miraculous Movements” book. Perhaps that’s because - fundamentally - it’s hard to imagine disciple making movements happening here in the United States.
But at Pentecost human reason was elevated so that men could truly grasp the truth of God. Within moments of the holy fire falling upon them, the apostles fully understood the implications of Jesus’ statement, ‘Those who have seen me have seen the Father.’ ...
The mission of the Church often follows the economic and military movement of peoples. It is in the upending of things that people are, in fact, more receptive to the news of the unchanging Gospel of God in Jesus Christ. The same will be true in the Indian Ocean in the 21st Century.
By Ken Myers with Gary Brumbelow| December 05, 2013
“A preaching of the gospel that calls men and women to accept Jesus as savior but does not make it clear that discipleship means commitment to a vision of society radically different from that which now controls our public life today must be condemned as false.”
For too long the local church has functioned as a straightjacket limiting the expression of Christ to merely spiritual things and the life to come. The results have been catastrophic as the church abandoned culture, …Read more >
... it is the heart of the mystery of salvation. It is no wonder that the early Church worked hard to protect this truth from variants that would have tilted the nature of Christ into one of two heresies: Nestorianism ... Docetism. Read more >
The passage of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) by the Senate on Nov. 5 is one of the most ominous, if not at this point unexpected, events in the struggle between religious liberty and homosexual liberation. Read more >
We will soon be known for beliefs that are out of step with contemporary society. So be it. The Church has been in this situation many times before. The question before us is this: Will we be known for honor?
... The Economist features an article on the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the controversy about inerrancy at its meeting last week. ... the article portrays the ETS discussions as an intramural debate among a dying breed of Christians .... Read more >
In the very first verse of the Bible we discover Twoism. The triune God, Who alone existed, created the cosmos. In God’s mind, two kinds of existence—that of the Creator and that of the creation—were better than one. Read more >
The Bible calls Christ-followers—not secular political leaders—the salt of the earth and the light of the world ... we will never see a positive shift in our general culture unless we first see a radical biblical shift in our churches.Read more >
Perhaps no Christian thinker since the Reformation has proved so influential. And how gloriously ironic this fact is, as no Christian thinker since that time has been so widely revered by both Catholics and Protestants. Read more >
Paul Robert Schneider (1897-1939) was the first Protestant pastor to die in a concentration camp at the hands of the Nazis. His story is one of unmitigated courage, self-sacrifice, and martyrdom.... Read more >
What happens when a duly elected legislature enacts a series of laws that many of its constituents believe are unfair and/or unjust? How ought Christians to respond? Does the church, as the church, have anything to say in such an instance? Read more >
... that the pull to becoming a worse Christian—cold, distant from God, hypocritical, and even involved in burn-down-your-life scandals—is far stronger when you are ministering to others than are the benefits ... Read more >
In this frenzied age, it is difficult to be still and silent. Despite the difficulty, doing so is sometimes vitally important. John Stonestreet talks about why we need to ready ourselves to hear God in the first of a four-part series, "He Has Come!"
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Will you introduce prisoners’ children to Jesus and a Christmas they’ll never forget?