10 Things you should know about Biblical Worship

Worship is a subject on which everyone has a personal opinion. We all know what we like and dislike. So it may appear silly for me to summarize in ten points what a biblical approach to worship should entail. Silly or not, here goes. (1) From biblical texts such as 1 Samuel 16:14-23 we learn that music in the hands or from the mouth of someone who is filled with the Spirit and devoted to God's glory can exert great power in the spiritual realm. We read in 1 Samuel 16:23 - "And whenever the ha

Gentleness, much more than a Personality Trait

Gentleness is probably not on the top of your list of important, immediate goals to accomplish. Perhaps this is because you see gentleness primarily as a personality trait. This is the point where gentleness is often misunderstood. Gentleness is all about the wise use of power. This is huge for parents.

7 Leadership Principles Life Has Taught Me

I love principles. Perhaps this is one reason I spend so much time reading Proverbs. Principles aren't always "guaranteed", but they are often proven by time and experience. Principles can help us learn from one another. We can benefit from another person's experience. Here are a few principles of ministry I've experienced: Just because you can do something better, doesn't mean you did anything wrong. We shouldn't be afraid of critical thinking or observations. Granted, some people are

Which Jesus do you want?

WILLIAMSPORT, PA (ANS - March 9, 2017) -- As we prepare our hearts this year for Lent, let us go back in our hearts to that Black Friday nearly two thousand years ago. The Roman Governor Pontius Pilate presented before the crowd two men: One man named Barabbas and the other Jesus. Pilate declared: "It is your custom that I free one prisoner to you at Passover! Which do you choose?" "Give us Barabbas!," the angry mob cried.

Newest Billy Bray Book coming this month

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (ANS -- March 8, 2017) - WestBow Press will release a new missions challenge book this month from author Billy [Bill] Bray. The book is in production now and is expected to be available in bookstores for graduation gift-giving. Titled "Called to All: How I Discovered the Power of a Yielded Life," it is primarily a spiritual challenge to the next generation of student leadership. Bray says it answers the question every spiritually-minded student must ask, "Is God calling me

Stark choice facing the Church of England (Book Review)

DONCASTER, UK (ANS - March 8, 2017) -- The Church of England faces a stark choice of either conforming to current fashion with "easily swallowed soundbites" or of being vigorously counter-cultural, according to one of its most outspoken bishops. In a new book, Faith, Freedom & the Future (Wilberforce Publications), Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali comments on what he describes as a "dumbed-down" version of the christening service.

Nascar Driver Waltrip had no time for God, until a horrible crash knocked him ‘Conscious’

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS -- March 8, 2017) -- Before he retired from racing and became a broadcaster, NASCAR driver Darrell Waltrip was one of the winningest drivers in the modern era. For a time, he was also one of the most unpopular drivers -- someone people loved to hate. "My passion was racing and quite honestly I went at it all the wrong ways in the early years," Waltrip told the 2016 National Prayer Breakfast. "I was just as aggressive off the racetrack as I was on. I didn't have a lot

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.

Great Leaders Develop a Leadership Vocabulary

I'll never forget in my first church when a very Christlike deacon pulled me aside and offer me some advice in leading a church. I had been a leader in the business world a long time, but this was new for me. He helped me in ways which are being realized even today in how I lead in the church.