What if Paul Planted Churches Like We Do Today?

An updated version of Acts 14:19-23: But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposed that he was dead. But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city, and on the next day, he went on…

What Is Evangelism, Anyway?

Almost half of millennials who say they follow Jesus believe it’s wrong to evangelize. That is, they believe it’s wrong to tell other people who do not follow Jesus about the Jesus they follow. This is according to a new study released by Barna, Christianity Today reported last week. Barna found that 47% of practicing…

The Gift of Enemies

The first prayer-proper in the Psalms (Ps. 3) is a not a praise or thanksgiving. It’s a cry for help, “O Lord, how many are my foes!” In the Psalms–the prayer book of God’s people–enemies are everywhere. Out of 150 chapters, there are only 7 confession or penitential psalms. There are upwards of 68 psalms…

When God Seems Distant

If you’ve been a Christian for more than a day, God has seemed distant. What I’ve learned over the years of walking with Jesus (and I’m still learning, of course) is that the the emotions we feel when God seems distant are signals that God wants to do something important in our lives. What in…

Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Here is Abraham Lincoln’s short proclamation to institute Thanksgiving as a national holiday in the United States. Read more about it. By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies….

We Look for Light: Free Advent Devotional

If you’re looking for an Advent devotional to use this Christmas season, there’s no shortage of options out there. Advent (December 2-24 this year) is a wonderful time to intentionally refresh and refocus on the coming of Jesus and anticipate his second coming. A good devotional can do that. A few years ago, I wrote We…