Good for Evil!

The Bible's message from Genesis to Revelation is clear. Our ways are not God's ways. Yet, phrases like: common sense, conventional wisdom, it seems to me, fight fire with fire, I'm tired of this, I've had enough, etc. continue to dominate the actions of many Christians, maybe even you.

5 Ways Leaders Can’t Be “Normal” Today

Leadership is so much different today than when I first started leading almost 35 years ago. To lead today we must learn to think outside some things once considered normal in leadership. And, hopefully "normal" is a play on words for most leaders now. When I was first in leadership as a retail manager, I could set the schedule for people, tell them what to do, hold them accountable for routine tasks with high expectations, and then evaluate them by whether or not they did the job. This w

The Loving-Kindness of our keeping King

In the final analysis, how can we be sure that we will remain safe and spiritually secure in our relationship with Jesus Christ? Knowing myself as I do, if left to my own strength and resolve I'm quite sure I would wander and eventually turn my back on my Savior. So what keeps me in relationship with him? What is the sure and certain ground of my security? I find the answer to that question in the first of four prayers that we find on the lips of Jesus in John 17. In v. 11 of this high priestly

A Story of Miraculous Healing

The following story of a miraculous healing in our church is taken from the Conclusion to my book, Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life (Zondervan). I assure you it is not a fable or fabrication. These are real people, not unlike you and me. The names of the people involved have been altered. They have given me permission to tell the story of what happened.

The Knowledge of God's Art -- and Math

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS - February 20, 2017) -- In his commentary on Thomas Aquinas' theology Peter Kreeft writes, "Truth in science is discovered; truth in art is created. God is an artist, not a scientist; He designed and created the world, which is first of all the product of His art and then becomes the object of our science"

David’s Plea to his son

Solomon grew up in a world of sin, family drama, sexual sin, murder and political intrigue. David, his father, wanted Solomon to not be caught in the same web that had entangled him. The Holy Spirit has been gracious to us to record some of the things David said Solomon should value.

What does Faith look like?

While comparing prices in the cereal aisle of a local store, I overheard two women discussing the state of our country-the bickering, the unrest, the demonstrations, the unknown. Their conversation revealed they are Christians. However, their faith in God wasn't evident. Then, a few days later, I saw the following posted on a church marquee: "What does faith look like?" Hebrews 11:1 gives an excellent definition of faith. It's substance. It's evidence. Faith is believing the Word of God an

Can a Christian be Demonized? Part Two

In yesterday's article we looked at arguments against the possibility of a born-again believer in Christ being demonized. Both that article and the one that follows below are from my chapter on this subject in my book, Tough Topics (Crossway). Arguments supporting the Demonization of Christians We've looked closely at most, if not all, of the arguments used to prove that a Christian cannot be demonized. My conclusion is that none of these texts or the conclusions drawn from them conclusive

Can a Christian be Demonized? Part one

(In a recent review of my book, Practicing the Power, Tim Challies took issue with my suggestion that a born-again Christian could possibly be demonized. Several have followed suit and asked me about this. I wrote an answer to the question in my book Tough Topics [Crossway] and plan on making this material available in two installments over the next two days. I hope it proves instructive and helpful, regardless of where you happen to land on the question.)

4 Theories of How a Leader Becomes Controlling

One of the most dangerous forms of leadership, and one of the most frustrating, in my opinion, is the controlling leader. I've written about this issue previously, because I believe it is one of the leading reasons for stalled growth and low morale in an organizational or team setting. Under a controlling leader's watch, leadership development is virtually non-existent. Pride is rampant. Ideas are squashed. Momentum is curtailed. It simply never works well.

Billy the Kid and Lincoln, New Mexico: a Picture of Revenge and Renewal

LINCOLN, NEW MEXICO (ANS - February 13, 2017) -- As I was sitting on the porch of the historic Wortley Hotel -- briefly owned and operated by Sheriff Pat Garrett -- I couldn't help but think of the tumultuous past of this sleepy town. Today, Lincoln, New Mexico is a quaint village with dilapidated buildings, renovated homes, museums, souvenir shops, and a few personal residences. But back in 1878 Lincoln was the bastion of American violence. To contrast the two periods is hard to do. I'm sure

No nother Commandment is Greater than these

GROVE, OK (ANS - February 12, 2017) -- "'And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.'" The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these"-Mark 12:30-31(NLT).

Glorification never Ends!

When we refer to the believer's ultimate "glorification" we are speaking of the transformation of our whole being: body, soul, spirit, will, mind, and affections, in which sin is eradicated and we are made like Jesus (see Phil. 3:20-21; 1 John 3:1-3). What I want to suggest is that there is a very real and important sense in which this glorification of all believers never ends.

Matt Chandler's Foreword to Practicing the Power

I'm happy to announce that my new book, Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life (Zondervan) is now available for purchase. You can get it at Amazon or at Christian bookstores. What follows is the Foreword written by Matt Chandler, lead pastor at the Village Church, Flower Mound, Texas, and President of the Acts 29 network.

7 Suggestions for Pastors When a Good Staff Member Leaves the Church

This post came to me after hanging out with one of my favorite people I've ever worked with. I hated when we parted ways professionally. Let's be honest, pastors. When you have great staff people, the team is set and everything is going well, it's hard when someone leaves. Even when they are leaving for a better opportunity - it often stinks.

Rotten intentions

When there is interpersonal conflict we are often discouraged because our intentions are misunderstood.

May God make it so

I watched the almost full moon set this morning against a dark, clear sky.

10 Things you should know about the Imprecatory Psalms

Most Christians love the Psalms, for in them we find heartfelt prayer, emotional vulnerability, and passionate praise of God. But we also find troubling statements such as these: "Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you" (Psalm 5:10).

Simple Math: The two Natures of Christ

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS - February 9, 2017) -- Over my academic career I've taught multiple subjects and hosted a nationally syndicated radio broadcast Pastor's Perspective. In all of these arenas I've been asked hundreds upon hundreds of questions. Some were fairly easy: Whom did Alcuin of York assist with educational reform? Answer: Charlemagne. Other questions require much more thought.

Is something Separating you from God? (writer's opinion)

GROVE, OK (ANS - February 5, 2017) -- "Turn to the Lord! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near" -- Isaiah 55:6 (CEV). After 15 years of driving my 2001 Honda Passport, it was time to shop for another vehicle. I'd bought the car new and was content to drive it until it fell apart. However, with almost 175,000 miles on it, the SUV had started costing me too much this past year to keep it running. I needed something reliable.

Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You

Let me be clear right from the start. I stole the title for today’s article from the sub-title to J. D. Greear’s book, Jesus Continued: Why the Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You. It’s an excellent book that I recommend you read. Even if you don’t get around to reading it, I suspect that the sub-title will surely capture your attention. Is it really true that having the Holy Spirit live inside us forever is actually better than walking and talking in the physical presence of Jesus