Have You Drifted Away From God? (Writer's Opinion)

GROVE, OK (ANS - July 31, 2016) -- “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love”— Romans 8:38 (NLT).

Jazz: Prayers From The People

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS – July 26, 2016) -- As a music history minor, I remember sitting in my jazz history courses in college listening to the amazing recordings of various musicians. I was captivated by the sounds of pure energy. And though I appreciated jazz before college, it was during college that I became a jazz fan, taking in concerts and seeking out the best records

Top Ten Verses to Defend Your Faith

For the past few days I have been trying to think of the top ten verses that would be most helpful to apologists and evangelists. I have reflected on my own experience and also gotten feedback from many of you on Facebook and Twitter.

Just One Verse

The Bible is a strange world. It is much, much larger on the inside than it is on the outside. Indeed, worlds of truth can be found in just one verse. Consider the English Bible's shortest verse.

Four Reasons We Don’t Share the Gospel

We need to ask if we are a fresh wind that causes the seed of the good news to spread, or instead, obstacles that keep it from moving further and faster. Unfortunately, many of us are more wall than breeze. But why?

10 Things You Should Know about the Work of the Holy Spirit

In an earlier article we looked at 10 things we should know about the person of the Holy Spirit. In this article we turn our attention to the work of the Spirit. (1) The Holy Spirit serves us as a "down payment" on the future inheritance of our salvation (2 Cor. 1:21-22; 5:5; Eph. 1:14).

Two Breathtaking Signs of The Love of Christ

In the opening verses of John 13, as Jesus prepared to eat the last supper with his disciples on the night when Judas would betray him, we are confronted with two glorious indications of how much Christ loved his own. We read this in John 13:1-5,

7 Signs of a Weak Leader (Or Pastor)

A youth pastor emailed me. He’s frustrated his pastor continually caves into pressures of a few leaders in the church. They are not supportive of the youth ministry, even though it’s the fastest growing area of the church.

Sin Is No Laughing Matter

To say that our world at large disregards the gravity of sin is so obvious that one hesitates even to mention it. Countless men and women go about their daily existence, moment-by-moment drawing breath from the very God whose name they openly blaspheme and whose blessings they so presumptuously take for granted.

7 Things I Love About Serving in the Established Church

There are some things I miss about church planting - some of those I even believe we could stand to see in the established church. But, there are also many opportunities and advantages to being in the established church, which is one reason I believe God has called me in this season of life into church revitalization.

Where Do You Store Your Treasures? (Writer's Opinion)

We've all heard the saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." While an Internet search revealed several origins for this expression, one source says the phrase seems to have taken off since the 1960s. Is that because we became a more consumer-based society around that time?

When “Enthusiasm Is an Unknown Luxury”: Spurgeon on the Nature and Need of Revival

Few have written with such clarity and passion on the subject of revival as has Charles Spurgeon. Spurgeon parted company with many who have reflected on this topic by arguing that the term itself "can only be applied to a living soul, or to that which once lived. To be revived is a blessing which can only be enjoyed by those who have some degree of life" ("What is Revival"?). Thus, as far as Spurgeon was concerned, we misapply the term when we speak of revival as primarily concerned with the sa

Having a Gut-Honest Talk with Jesus

Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?" Mark 4:38 NIV I have been told that the stern is the strongest part of the boat. The Creator of the universe was asleep there.

7 Things Healthy Teams Check at the Door

Here are 7 things healthy teams check at the door: Egos. There is no place for them. A team requires everyone pulling equal weight. That means everyone should get equal recognition. No one thinks they are "better" or more important to the team.