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10 Attributes of the Coming Jesus Reformation

The past several decades, more believers are embracing a Christ-focused faith (or a Christological theology). I am referring to coming back to the New Testament focus of allowing Jesus Christ to be our center, our life, and our hermeneutic for interpreting the Scriptures. According to Ephesians 1: 9-11, this Christological focus, experience, and paradigm is…

The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Protestant Reformation

The following are my opinions related to the advantages and disadvantages of the Protestant Reformation. First, here are the disadvantages of the Protestant Reformation: 1. It weakened the influence of Christendom which led to individual Christianity With much of the strength and unity of the Catholic Church broken, the church no longer had the political,…

Four Reasons Why Revival is Not Enough

I have been in countless meetings with church leaders who are impassioned to see a revival in our nation and/or in their churches and communities. One time, after a national prayer leader spoke on the need for the church to pray for revival, I raised my hand and asked him: “For what purpose do we…

Did God Divide the Church 500 Years Ago?

As a student of church history (I am not a church historian) and one who has tried to dig deep into my Christian roots so I am best able to position myself and the congregations I influence, I have a strong connection to both the ancient and future church — since the height of the…

The Wise Way to Handle Transfer Growth from another Local Church

As much as I feel uncomfortable with this, transfer growth (that is, numerical growth to a local church when people migrate from another church) is a reality pastors around the world need to plan for. I understand there are going to be some people assigned to our local church from other churches for various reasons….

The True Measure of Success in the Kingdom

It is evident there are many in the Body of Christ who attempt to integrate their Christian faith with the pursuit of happiness. Some have even gone so far as to have a theology of happiness, in which they obey or disobey Scripture based on what gives them the most happiness. Several years ago a…

Eight Traits of Biblical Outliers

In this article, I use the word “Outlier” to describe an exceptional person who operates largely outside of the norms of mainstream to change the world. Notable biblical heroes such as John the Baptist, Jesus, Micaiah, Elijah, the Apostle Paul, and our Lord Jesus Christ, were all outliers since they did not conform nor function…

10 Traits of (Sexual) Predator Pastors 

I actually wrote this article 4 weeks ago but felt not to release it until a more appropriate time. In light of the sexual abuse scandals exploding in Hollywood (most recently Harvey Weinstein) I believe now is the appropriate time to also deal with the subject of sexual predator pastors. My objective in writing this…

8 Traits Needed to Represent God to This World

Our greatest privilege is to represent God to this world! The following are some of the criteria the bible lays out regarding this: 1. We are called to speak the oracles of God Paul the apostle said that he was called to manifest the word of God through preaching that was entrusted to him (Titus…

The Biblical Way to Process Pain

Matthew 5:4Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. For many years I wondered what this verse meant. I used to think that God wants us to feel bad for all the sin in the world and walk around depressed or sad all day. But now I believe this verse has to do…