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Biblical Standards for Leadership in an Age of Scandal

In an age of an Evangelical church culture that is fraught with scandals, we must continually remind and ground ourselves in the biblical criteria for leadership. Otherwise, we will lose our credibility within our churches and before the world. In addition, every church’s board of trustees should insist their pastor be accountable to a higher…

7 Cultural Shifts We Need in Church Before Societal Culture Can Shift

Most people agree that the nations of the West are headed in the wrong direction regarding morality and culture. While it is very popular in some circles to blame presidents, congress (or parliament) as well as local elected officials, the Word of God makes it clear where to place the blame. To quote Evangelist Charles…

Building Empires But Not God’s Kingdom

Ever since the divide of the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity in the 11th century, two of the greatest fears of once-united Christendom have been realized: fragmentation and division. Even in the 16th century, when Martin Luther’s protest against the Roman Catholic Church’s abuses sparked the Protestant Reformation, leaders hoped there would be only…

Leading Reasons Pastors Fall (and Solutions)

(Some of the ideas in this chapter come from insights shared by Linda Lindquist-Bishop, during an email exchange.) Through the years I have often analyzed why so many pastors fall into sin or resign from church ministry. I came up with a number of primary reasons, which are enumerated in this chapter. 1. Churches are…

It’s Time to Bridge the Huge Gaps in the Church

Since I have been serving God in leadership since 1980 I have observed serious gaps in the church in at least seven major areas. If not corrected, these seven areas will greatly limit the ability of the church to fulfill the great commission which is preparing us for the bodily return of Jesus. To deal…

6 Ways to Discern Between Rogue and Real Prophetic Ministries

There has been a rise in recent days of prophetic ministries and leaders who are appealing to masses of believers via social media (instead of through local churches) by promising them personal “prophetic ministry”. This is troubling to me on several levels, since many of the people attending these conferences are not seasoned leaders of…

Contrasting the Contemporary Wimpy Jesus with Jesus as Warrior King

Much of what has been written and preached about Jesus the past decade has often amounted to nothing more than a watered-down milk, toast version of the real Jesus. This has been largely done to appease contemporary society’s “anti-masculine” culture and to attract more followers and fill up more church buildings on Sundays. However, as…

10 Ways Christians Use God to Excuse Ungodly Behavior, Part 2

The following is a continuation of a two-part article, read Part 1 here. 6. When people replace practical living with mystical practice There are some leaders I have heard teach who actually think that they can set up righteous governments on the earth merely by making declarations of faith as the “ecclesia of God”. I…

10 Ways Christians Use God to Excuse Ungodly Behavior, Part 1

Jesus dealt with the very interesting issue of using Scripture to justify or excuse unbiblical practices. We see this mentioned in Mark 7:9-13 when the Jewish leaders of His day replaced honoring and caring for their parents with offering sacrifices to God which they called Corbin. Also, as we read the Gospels we notice that…

The Five Portions that Should Determine Biblical Theology

There is no such thing as neutrality; everyone operates from a bias. The word of God teaches that our foundation for knowledge should be the fear of the Lord–not human reason, culture, science, or anything else. 1. Scripture Proverbs 9:10 says: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” In the tradition of…