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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…

10 Views People Hold About Church

Since my connection to Christ in 1978, I have observed many models or concepts people have regarding how they connect to the body of Christ. The following are some of the popular concepts I have observed regarding how believers define the church for themselves. 1. The “I am the church” concept Many people do not…

Understanding the Vast Authority of the Body of Christ 

As I attempt to read Scripture objectively, I am usually greatly impressed with the fact that I have yet to fully comprehend the vast authority God has granted to His people related to participating in His Reign on the earth. The fact that Jesus taught His followers to pray for His Kingdom and will to…

Our Declaration of Independence From God

Since the original Declaration of Independence penned by Thomas Jefferson and made official in 1776, the USA has made an about turn from the values of that document. Anyone examining the Declaration of Independence is immediately impacted by the new nation’s utter dependence upon God, His providence and its Judeo/Christian worldview. The fact that their…

April to June 2019 MMI Report

The following is a month-by-month report in the second-quarter of 2019 (Of course this ministry report does not include my extensive personal ministry to leaders; writing and posting weekly articles; as well as my work preaching with the two campuses of Resurrection Church of NY as well as hours of strategizing and planning for the…

How Not to Read the Bible

The Protestant Reformation correctly brought the Scriptures back into the hands and vernacular of the common people. Because of this, those who did not understand the Latin version (the Latin Vulgate translated in the 4th century by St. Jerome) could read Scripture in the common tongue (the King James Version of 1611). Thus, the pendulum…

Significant Questions to Ask Before Becoming a Lead Pastor

As we all know by now, thousands of lead pastors leave full-time church ministry every year. Along those same lines, a high percentage of new church plants never make it past three years! One reason is that most potential lead pastors never honestly attempt to ask themselves the following questions: 1. Am I emotionally mature…

Discerning Between Cultural Cowardice and Wisdom in the Pulpit

With the advent of the so-called “culture wars” after legalized abortion in 1973 the influence of the church has rapidly diminished, with Biblical values openly attacked by elites and pop culture. As a result, many pastors refuse to address hot button issues related to biblical marriage, sanctity of life, human sexuality, identity, and much more….

The Myth of Institutional Legacy Building

Jesus told us quite clearly that He will build His church (Matthew 16:18). He did not say that He would help you build your own congregation, but that HE WOULD BUILD the church in general. (The difference in meaning between the two are significant and profound as related to the conceptual framework of this article.)…

The Greatest Existential Threat to America

The greatest threat to the future and prosperity of America is not terrorism, nuclear war with Iran, or a conflict with Russia. By far the greatest threat to our nation is the politicized division via partisans in both parties, popular media, radical community activists, and the social scientists that thrive upon dissension. Jesus said, “a…