Four Reasons to Not Give Up on Youth Ministry

We live in a church culture where some quadrants are starting to second guess the value of youth ministry. Books, articles and blogs have been written decrying its effectiveness and calling out for action steps that range from small tweaks to a complete trashing of it.

Ed Stetzer Visits Calvary Albuquerque- Keep Focused on God’s Mission

If Twitter is a reliable gauge on friendship, Ed Stetzer has lots of friends. Clocking in at 130,100 followers, Ed has tweeted over 42,000 tweets. The amount of communication given by Stetzer is understandable once you realize he is a researcher, specializing on the church, with an emphasis on leadership.






Duggar Family's Favorite Indoor Activities at the Duggar Home

My kids love to play games. Recently, they've become four-square champs! We've got a tile floor on the downstairs level of our home, and there's an area by the front door that doesn't have anything on the floor - no furniture, just an entryway. My children have put up a small four-square court. They put masking tape on the floor and have sectioned off a little play area. I tell you what, we have played more four square right there in our house than outside

Pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini

Join Christians around the world in praying for the American pastor imprisoned for his faith, and for the persecuted church.


A Move of God in the Muslim World

Saeed Abedini, who is serving an eight-year sentence in a brutal Iranian prison for his Christian faith (read more in “Christians Suffer Amid Middle East Violence, War” in the current edition), came to Christ at age 20. A devout Muslim at the time, he had found a Bible and started reading it. One night, he was awakened three times by a voice that said, “Saeed, I am coming soon. Go preach My Gospel.” The third time, the voice was accompanied by a bright light shining through Saeed’s bedroom windo



Are Some People Just Born Unhappy?--Billy Graham's Answer

Q: I work with a woman who just never seems to be happy. I've tried to be a friend to her, and she doesn't seem to have any more problems than the rest of us, but she's never cheerful or optimistic. Are some people just born unhappy?




‘Not Be Silent about Persecuted Christians’ by President of World Jewish Congress

In a recent op-ed for the New York Times, Mr. Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, wrote about the “barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians” that is met with “relative indifference” by the international community. He is asking: “Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?”




[Photos] Pray for Dr. Kent Brantly

"Thank you for your prayers for Nancy and me," Brantly said in the statement. "Please continue to pray for and bring attention to those suffering in the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa."

I'm Really Ashamed of the Way I've Been Living...Has God Given up on Me?

Q: I'm really ashamed of the way I've been living. I joined the Army right after graduating from high school, and I've gotten involved in a lot of things I never thought I'd do. The worst part is, I know I've left God behind. Is there any way to get back on track, or has God given up on me?

My Husband Got Upset with Me the Other Day.... But What Can I Do?

Q: My husband got upset with me the other day because he says all I do is criticize him. Instead of getting angry (like I usually do), I stopped and thought about it, and I guess he's probably right. But what can I do? I make critical remarks without even thinking.

Rick Warren: How to Thrive Through the Dog Days of August

There comes a point in every great work when you will begin to get tired, disillusioned, and discouraged. Fatigue at the halfway point of anything worthy of your dedication is inevitable. This is true for pastors and church leaders, especially in August.