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Criticism and Ridicule in Religious Warfare

“No spirit is more destructive than the spirit of censorious or belittling criticism… Ridicule is a poor weapon in religious warfare.”

– I.J. Van Ness, The Baptist Spirit (1914)

Gather to Evangelize

Churches should use all the tools of their time to reach the world with the gospel. But to be empowered for effective witness, even in our day, we must regularly, physically gather with the body of Christ. We must gather to evangelize. READ MORE…

5 Daily Pastoral Rhythms for the New Year

Pastor, the good things that are ahead of you and your congregation in 2022 are more about who you are than what you can accomplish. Character before capacity. Integrity before action. Be before do. Whatever your new direction or big plans, focus on these 5 daily pastoral rhythms in the new year.

Gospel Power Transcends Relational Equity

The trendy argument that healthy relationships are necessary for effective evangelism is more ad populum than ad veritatum. It’s what we want to hear, not what we need to hear. I am thankful for those who put so much effort into statistical Christian research with an eye on strengthening churches toward effective evangelistic growth. But as the Bible teaches and history demonstrates, as important as healthy relationships are to the human experience, relational equity is not a prerequisite to effective gospel witness. Gospel power transcends relational equity. 

Faith Over Fear?

Is faith the opposite of fear? Perhaps. But only when that faith is firmly anchored in Christ while is demonstrating the power of the Holy Spirit, loving people, and finding expression in sound judgment. If faith is to overcome fear it must be more than a clever saying. How is your faith in Christ being displayed through the fear of this pandemic?

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