Church: An “It” Or A “Them”?

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles. Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, […]

Sit and Savor the Word of God

I have spent the past week sitting in a classroom studying the book of Philippians.  Five days.  9-5 each day. Listening to lectures. Honestly, I didn’t want to take the class. Not because I hate school or because I hate Philippians or because I’m unaware of what a privilege it is to study, but because […]

3 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas

About two weeks ago it started happening. First one, then another, then a flood. Article after article, listicle after listicle, all written to “keep Christ in Christmas.” Christian leaders, click-baitey bloggers, and Facebook aficionados all lamenting the paganization of the Christmas season. Seven Scriptures to Read at Christmas Five Gifts that Remind Your Kids about […]

7 Key Practices of a Sending Church

The list of those who have left home and hearth to represent Christ away from the land of their birth is long: William Carey, Adoniram Judson, Lottie Moon, and many others. The places that they served are etched in the evangelical memory as well: India, Burma, China, and all others. The tradition is a great […]

The Cost of Confessing Christ

Everything about Jesus inspired curiosity. Everyone had questions: “Where did he come from?” “How can he teach like that?” “How can he heal like that?” “How can he talk to the Pharisees like that.” The question that everyone wanted an answer for was, “Who is this guy?” Jesus puts the question to his disciples in […]