Pastor's son Lived with a Drag Queen, but God's Truth Led him out of that Lifestyle

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS -- March 7, 2017) -- His father was a Southern Baptist minister with Elvis sideburns. As the oldest of four, he dutifully attended church with his family in Tennessee. "Around the age of seven I felt a leading to give my life to Jesus," George Carneal recounts in his book, From Queer to Christ: My Journey Into the Light. After professing his faith in front of the congregation, his father baptized him.

The Gospel and the Soil of the Human Soul

Yesterday I posted an article on ten things we should all know about the so-called Lordship Salvation controversy. It reminded me of an article I came across a few months ago (, "Is Your Heart Good Soil?") that instantly captured my attention. The author confessed both his "sadness and terror" as he thought about the departure from Christianity on the part of several of his close friends. "One moment they appeared to be joyfully walking with God," he writes, "and then out of now

Connecting for Change: The Power of Active Listening

HOUSTON, TX (ANS – January 2, 2017) -- Have you ever noticed how just one phone call, a brief conversation or a chance meeting can turn out to produce greater results or impact than an entire week of busy activities? In fact, those so-called chance meetings or conversations can result in life-changing encounters. In our modern Western cultural context, we hear a lot about metrics, measurable results, benchmarks or return on investments.

Billy Graham Named on ‘Most Admired’ List for Six Decades

For a record 60th time, Billy Graham has been named as one of the 10 most admired men in the world. Gallup released its annual list on Wednesday after asking more than 1,000 people throughout the United States which man they admire most in the world. Mr. Graham received fifth place on this year's list of most admired men. The 98-year-old evangelist has been among the top 10 every year since 1962 (except 1976, when the survey didn't happen). He also appeared on the list every year from 1

The Real Reason Evangelicals Don’t Baptize Babies: A Response to Shane Morris

On November 29, 2016, G. Shane Morris wrote an article titled, “The Real Reason Evangelicals Don’t Baptize Babies.” Since I am an evangelical who doesn’t baptize babies I was instantly curious what the “real reason” is. To say that I disagreed with virtually everything in this article is not an overstatement. I may be wrong, but I think a number of paedo-baptists would also disagree with much in the article.

The Road to Reconciliation Begins with Jesus

Q: I thought I was doing the right thing when I abandoned my wife and kids for another woman over 20 years ago, but I was wrong. Now my kids won't have anything to do with me; they don't even want me around at Christmas. I don't have a question, but I sure wish I could go back and do things differently.

Syrian Refugees in Turkey Growing More Desperate

With weather in Turkey turning cold and world attention turning away from war in Syria, refugees who fled atrocities are in desperate need of food and heaters, indigenous missionaries said. Some refugees in unofficial camps in Turkey are considering selling their organs to feed their children, one ministry director said. "The situation is so bad that some parents we talk with even think about selling organs just to meet needs for their family and children," he said. "Around 140 babies need

Let’s Rise to Love those Left in Fear

NOVEMBER 11, 2016 Let's Rise to Love Those Left in Fear Article by Anthony Bushnell (This excellent article was written by Anthony Bushnell and originally posted at on November 11, 2016. I strongly urge you to read it prayerfully.) These days have become an important litmus test for white evangelicals in America. How worldly are we? How desensitized have we become, not only to sexual immorality, but to ethnocentrism, partiality, and pride? Has the love of Christ sh

Do all Paths Lead to God?

If there is anything clear in God's Word it is that Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father. This is not a popular assertion, as it strikes many as arrogant and exclusivistic. But there it is in John 14:6- "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Jesus is the "way" to God precisely because he alone embodies and tells the "truth" about who God is and what is needed to be reconciled to him. He alone embodies the true and consummate revelation

Syrian Refugees Find Faith, Life (It Could Happen in Your Town)

The Syrian crisis continues to be a humanitarian issue that should rivet the world. The renewed assault on Aleppo, by a variety of forces, is creating unfathomable pain. Political leaders, thinkers, religious figures and aid workers should come together and figure how to end the dismantling of a once prosperous and free country. But God isn't waiting for any those things before He acts. Last year I spent time in Jordan listening and observing, to see how God is at work in two different refuge

10 Things you should know about the Protestant Reformation

Today, October 31st, is the 499th anniversary of the launch of the Protestant Reformation. It was on this day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg as a protest against the abuse of the sale of indulgences. So today we look at ten things that everyone should know about the Protestant Reformation. (1) According to church historian Philip Schaff, "The Reformation of the sixteenth century is, next to the introduction of Christianity, the greatest event in histo

7 Hard Paradigms I Had to Learn to be an Effective Leader

One of the hardest parts of leading for me has been the things I've had to learn or do which may have been contrary to the way I would have naturally done them - or wanted to do them. For example, I like to be in control of my surroundings. I don't like the feeling of being out of control. (Strength Finders says control is a "strength" of mine.) There have been several incidents in my personal life which have shaped this in me as a person. We are shaped by our past experiences.

Be an Example of Christ and Pray for Those Who Reject Him

Q: I've tried to talk about Jesus with a man who works with me, but he always replies that what I'm saying is just my opinion, and he's not interested. He has kind of a messed-up life and really needs Jesus, but how can I get through to him?

From Coke, Meth and Alcohol Addiction....

From Coke, Meth and Alcohol Addiction to Joy Junction Chaplain ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (ANS-OCT 15 2016) Joy Junction Chaplain Marcos Atwood is a firm believer in the power and importance of prayer. On a recent Monday morning he started the day by praying with guests and staff - a tradition his predecessor and mentor former Chaplain Gene Shiplet initiated. Then he helped a married couple whose ugly verbal arguments were not only hurting them but their kids also, "as they were hanging on to ev

Remembering Evangelist John Wesley White

And they will come from east and west and from north and south, and will recline at the table in the kingdom of God. -Luke 13:29 (NASB) Dr. John Wesley White was battling double pneumonia when he stood up to preach the Gospel on April 28, 1996, inside an elementary school gymnasium in Greeneville, Tennessee. His family and friends had ordered him to stay home that night, but the preacher couldn't be stopped.

4 Ways for the Church to be Worldchangers

4 Ways for the Church to be Worldchangers - William James once said, "The great use of a life is to spend it for something that outlasts it." Never has a group of people more embodied that statement than in the opening pages of the book of Acts

In Ukraine: The Luckiest Kids in the World (Writer's Opinion)

We live in Ukraine. My husband and I are missionaries, and we have four sons, ages 8, 6, 4, and 2, who are growing up here. Three of them were even born here. In some respects, their childhood is unfolding similarly to how it would if we were living in the United States. In other respects, it is very different. I think these differences are enriching, rather than impoverishing, and I want them to recognize that too.

15,000 People Each Month Make a Decision for Christ Through the BGEA

More than 15,000 people each month have indicated their decision for Christ on, and now the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) is seeking additional Spanish-speaking volunteers to assist in responding to the high number of inquirers via online chat and e-counseling."The goal is always to introduce our online guests to an individual who can offer them a genuine, personal ministry interaction," said Dan Martin, Manager of

Online Missionaries Reach Muslims Worldwide from Small-Town N.C.

Brian and Kimberly are trained volunteers with BGEA's Internet evangelism ministry, Search for Jesus. This is the story of how they got involved-and one particular man they were thrilled to connect with online.Her heart was in Southeast Asia among Muslim friends and neighbors, but her new home was small-town Lenoir in the North Carolina foothills."I felt shelved, to be honest."

Stories of the Thirsty - The Problem with Comfort Zones, and How to Overcome Them

In our work with Living Water International around the world, we find that behavior change is one of our biggest challenges everywhere. In some places people need to be convinced that using and drinking water from a new water well in their community or village is better than going to the river that they have been using for years. The comfort zone issue seems to be a world-wide problem. Most people have comfort zones and resist change to some degree.

11 'Normal' Ways Missionaries Share the Gospel

Newsflash: Most International Mission Board missionaries are NOT preachers. The mission agency notes this is probably one of the best-kept secrets about its work, reports Baptist Press. It shouldn't be a surprise, say those on the field. After all, Jesus was a carpenter. John was a fisherman and Paul was a tentmaker. The IMB released a list of what some of its missionaries are doing in order to share the Gospel:

Billy Graham: Encourage Friend to Consider a Life of Faith

I've tried to talk to a friend of mine about God and Jesus, but she's never shown any interest. I finally got up enough courage to ask her why, and she admitted it was because she doesn't want God to mess with her life. What can I say to her?