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8 Humanistic Errors that Have Crept into the Church

I have learned a long time ago that societal culture and its values actually frame much of the preaching, teaching, and theology of the church. In this article, I want to focus upon what I will call “humanism”, which has shaped the framework of the thinking, goals, and methodologies of multitudes of Christians, churches, and…

Seven Contrasts Between Churchill and Chamberlain Type Leaders

Winston Churchill was British Prime Minister during WWII. His daily radio speeches and courageous leadership singlehandedly led his nation to victory against Hitler and his superior army. I have read books about him and read many of his speeches because he was perhaps the greatest secular prophet of the twentieth century. My friend Jim Garlow…

Warning Signs Before Leadership Failure

Unfortunately, in every level and realm of life, we have all witnessed serious leadership failure. It is no longer a surprise when we read about a high-level pastor, celebrity, sports figure, or politician who has been disgraced because of ethical or moral failure. As one who has worked with many struggling church and marketplace leaders…

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…

The Folly of (Skin)Color-Based Supremacy 

With the rise of white supremacist groups there has been an increased need for understanding the root reasons for this as well as what’s causing the rise in racial tensions in general. Subscribers to far-left ideologies are also responsible since they propagate identity-based politics and policies based on the victimhood of minority ethnic groupings that…

10 Ways to Restore the Shallow Church to its Fullness, Part 2

Last week I listed the top four things the local church must do to restore its fullness, to read “10 Ways to Restore the Shallow Church to its Fullness, Part 1”, click here. The following are the rest of the things the local church must do to restore its fullness: 5. Recapture the practice of…

Seven Ways the Resurrection of Christ Affects True Believers

Often, many people view the resurrection of Christ merely as a historical event that supplies us with Christian doctrine without understanding the vast implications it has for believers. The following points will attempt to make the implications of the resurrection of Christ much more real and practical to us. I. My New Life Gives My…

10 Ways to Restore the Shallow Church to its Fullness, Part 1

When we examine the robust church of the Book of Acts and the New Testament, we see a community in its nascent form that had much more effectiveness than the contemporary church. Unfortunately, even a perusal of Christian history will illustrate the fact that, since the first century, much of the activity of the Body…

10 Signs You Have Bowed Your Knee to Baal

Baal was a false god the feckless Jewish King Ahab and his wicked wife Jezebel attempted to force upon the nation of Israel during the time of Elijah the Prophet (see 1 Kings 18). Consequently, during this tumultuous time – most Jews kept their faith and identity outwardly but bowed to Baal when necessary to…

Why We Need to Plunge into the Darkness to See the Light

This is a counterintuitive reflection based upon my own experience and the reading of Scripture. To start, last week I encountered this passage in Isaiah 40 :3-5 which says in the ESV “A voice cries:2 d“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; emake straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4…