Category: Church

Three Keys to Experiencing Church Growth

After hosting nearly 100 episodes of a church leadership podcast that focuses on church growth and writing more than 1,000 articles on the topic, I’ve learned that the most important trait for church growth is an undergirding of prayer and biblical fidelity.... Read More »

Should churches promote high self-esteem?

Let us consider for a moment how popular it has become to promote a positive self-image, to affirm personal identity in self, and to uplift confidence in one’s own ability. Better yet, let us consider how popular this has become specifically among believers.... Read More »

The Speech of Freedom

Today is Independence Day, one of the most celebrated American holidays. This day marks our freedom as a nation secured 241 years ago. Perhaps you will celebrate this freedom today at a parade, park, backyard barbeque, beach, ball game, or somewhere else of yo... Read More »

Kingdom and Church: Reading Scripture as a Unified Narrative

Alfred Loisy expressed the dilemma many feel about the relation of church and kingdom in the biblical narrative: Jesus preached the kingdom, but it was the church that came! The underlying assumption of the dilemma is that kingdom and church are different real... Read More »

Do You Need and Desire Revival?

We are living in a time of spiritual and political unrest. As believers, we should be comforted by the reality that we serve a sovereign God and resurrected Savior. It seems that there are many even within the church who are in a continual state of fear and an... Read More »

The Third Time is a Charm

The Dec. 17, 2016, issue of The Dallas Morning News carried a shocking headline: “Conservative Belief Spurs Church Growth.” The story recounts the astonishing discovery of David Millard Haskell, associate professor of religion, culture and digital media an... Read More »

Are The Roles of Church and Government at Odds?

Unless you’re a news junkie like the members of my family, you are probably having a difficult time keeping track of the numerous government attempts to profoundly infringe upon the first amendment rights of the American people. The most recent attempts can ... Read More »

The Opportunity In Adversity

“Who needs a new roof?” was my simple question. My heart sank as I stood before the church I love and watched as virtually every hand in the room was raised. Hands continued to go up as I probed deeper—“How many have demolished cars?” and “How many... Read More »

An Irrelevant Church

This month (April 2016) I attended a conference in Hungary that both shared and explored initiatives by evangelicals in Europe regarding the integration of faith and the workplace. There were some fascinating stories of how believing business people are intent... Read More »

Proficiency Over Rapidity: Text-Driven MDiv

Proficiency with “tools of the trade” is highly valued in the majority of vocations. For instance, a pilot cannot become a captain or first officer without completing 1,500 hours of flight time at the controls of a plane. A violinist cannot become exceptio... Read More »