The Proof is in the Church

The Proof is in the Church

Proper expectations are always helpful on the front end of any endeavor. Marriage, a road trip, parenting, foster care, a graduate program, a career, and every other longterm investment fit this paradigm. Having realistic expectations sets the trajectory and...
Rushing into a Perishing City

Rushing into a Perishing City

One of my new neighbors spent some time living in Arizona years ago. She eventually reluctantly followed family back to New Orleans. Before I introduced myself, she already knew that we were relocating because she noticed our Arizona license plate. She asked, “What in...
Slowly Ripening Results

Slowly Ripening Results

William Hamilton Burns (1779-1859) was a pastor in Kilsyth, Scotland who is now known, oddly enough, for having faithfully and quietly carried out his ministerial duties in obscurity. Burns’s long-range approach to ministry is worthy of imitation and should not escape...
The Bread and Wine of the Gifts to the Church

The Bread and Wine of the Gifts to the Church

Preaching is the bread and wine of the gifts to the church of God. It is sweet to the soul, rich with depth, but also at the same time easy to digest. It is essential to maturity in the life of the believer. If too long without it, it leaves one in a spiritual state...
Wait, Are We Missionaries?

Wait, Are We Missionaries?

First, Dinner… Recently, I was reading Everyone A Child Should Know with my family during dinner (our children love this book!). We learned about C. T. Studd (1860-1931), a famous cricket player who left the game after his brother nearly died, causing him to grasp the...