IN FOCUS: Is this a post-denominational world?

We live in an increasingly secular world. Yet observing God at work in new and meaningful ways among our family reminds us we face unprecedented opportunities.

Quotes in the News

“‘Testimony envy’ may be part of any community, but we evangelicals seem to have a particular bent toward narrative one-upmanship.” --Christianity Today.

DOWN HOME: Loving each minute of tying the knot

I’m known as the sentimental, sappy daddy. Shoot, I cry during Hallmark commercials, so presiding at my daughters’ weddings has been a daunting endeavor.

RIGHT or WRONG? Moral decay

Almost every week, another new study seems to document the decline of congregational life in America. I think the decline can all be traced to moral decay. What do you think?

IN FOCUS: Acts 1:8 offers a 21st century model

We are only Acts 1:8 people when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, and the whole church proclaims the hope of Christ.


In a fit of impatient rage, architect Johnson unknowingly sparks an idea in the mid of the developer.

2nd Opinion: Rebranding American religions

James Rudin of the American Jewish Committee imagines what high-powered Madison Avenue PR gurus would recommend for America's faith communities.

Quotes in the News

“The redemption of that which seemed most unredeemable from our human perspective—that is precisely the business of the gospel we are in, is it not? And the gospel applies to our wrenched marriages as much as it does to our souls.” -- Glenn Stanton

DOWN HOME: What we’ll think as we walk the aisle

The other night, Jo and I got to talking about our “Molly memories,” before we escort our daughter down the aisle this week to marry her waiting-and-excited beau.

Reading the Culture: Hand washing and elephants

When confronted with more facts than we could possibly ever absorb, it's good to remember that “The Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed” (1 Samuel 2:3). He is reading your heart as you read these words.

RIGHT or WRONG? Denominational loyalty

I’m watching friends who graduated from Baptist seminaries change denominations. I’m beginning to think they are no different than politicians who change political party affiliations to get re-elected. What is the appropriate sense of denominational loyalty these days?

IN FOCUS: Is God calling you to be a missionary?

If we are going to be Acts 1:8 Christ-followers who are witnesses to our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth, then many of our folks must be willing to be missionaries.

2nd Opinion: Congregations need a sanctuary

What has happened to reverence for God and respect for the sanctuary of God?


The phrase “out-foxed” is coined.


Quotes in the News

“Saying this year’s increase in baptisms is good news is like bragging your state moved from the 47th to 46th state in educational achievement. It’s better, but it’s not time for a parade.” --Ed Stetzer
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