OK, I admit it. I can’t stand the terms. When you even speak of “clergy” and “laity,” you are implying that Christianity has a social caste system. There are the “professional” Christians and the “ordinary” Christians.
A co-worker once told me that very complex issues are best addressed by asking and answering very basic questions. There’s a lot of truth and wisdom in his statement. In fact, you might say the more complex the issue, the simpler the question needs to be.
An Iranian Christian prisoner, Maryam Naghash Zargaran (also known as Nasim), who has serious health problems, has been denied unconditional release from jail by an Iranian court at the request of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS).
“I’m looking forward to a season when I’m not dealing with personnel issues.” Those words, spoken by the executive pastor of a large church, still ring in my ears, even though that was years ago. I also remember my response: “This might not be the right role for you.”
I know many people will scoff at anyone who suggests that they are not a racist. While I would like to think that not everyone is, I am willing to concede that people are inherently sinful and often prejudiced toward...
I received some pushback recently regarding a couple of blogs I wrote about allowing pastors to lead their churches. I argued that most churches which are actually making devoted followers of Christ out of the raw material of lost people...
The old maxim that we should strive to live a truly balanced life may not be such good advice after all. Perhaps the struggle to achieve harmony among all of our conflicting priorities and a consistent rhythm to life really doesn’t work all that well.
“More is known about how the faith spreads and how churches grow than we have ever known before.” This hopeful assertion comes from George G. Hunter III, an Emeritus Professor at Asbury Theological Seminary and author of more than a dozen books on leadership, effective evangelism and church growth.
Tom Hamblin is a modern-day St. Paul who brought tens of thousands of Bibles to Muslims in the Arabian Peninsula. According to the book, Tom and his wife Edna surmounted “impossible” restrictions and openly conveyed shipment after shipment of Bibles.
For every successful fundraising campaign, there are multiple failures. Every perfectly organized meeting does not produce fantastic results. Teaching, leading and selling sometimes fail miserably. Does that mean we are failures?
For this election year—“the silly season” someone dubbed it a few years back, which we might want to revise this year as “the ludicrous season”—many, myself included, won’t be voting at all, for either presidential candidate. Even with the U.S....