Releasing the Missionary in You

Let me ask you, “What is your calling?  How many of you are members of a church?  How many are ministers in that church?  How many consider yourselves to be missionaries of that church?  Most would say they are members.   Some would say they are ministers; but only a few would say they areContinue reading “Releasing the Missionary in You”

The “Marginal” Church

My article last week was about what it means to be an attractional church.  This week I want to focus on what it means to be a marginal church.  The term “marginal church” refers to the fact that we no longer live in a Christian culture in the United States, and that Christianity no longerContinue reading “The “Marginal” Church”

Attractional Church?

Mammoth Cave National Park, in south central Kentucky, is one of the oldest tourist attractions in North America.  People have visited this site since 1816. I often wonder what attracts people to these places. Is it the 400 miles of underground passageways in the longest cave in the world, or the hundreds of acres ofContinue reading “Attractional Church?”

The Ultimate Undercover Boss

Personally, I do not care for most “reality” television shows today.  There is one exception however. I really enjoy Undercover Boss.  I especially enjoy watching people’s reaction when they learn they have just spent a day working alongside the CEO of their company. In each episode, hidden cameras follow a different executive each week on anContinue reading “The Ultimate Undercover Boss”

The Power of Partnership

How important are partnerships in your life, and in your ministry?  Have you given much thought to the partnerships in your life?  Which were successful?  Which were failures?  Do you find yourself seeking out new partnerships, clinging to old ones, or steering clear of them altogether? Partnerships are important.  In Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 the Bible says,Continue reading “The Power of Partnership”

Remembering a Father’s Love at Christmas

Note:  Each year at Christmas, I share this same story with my readers.  I share it because my life was changed forever through the sacrificial love of one man – my father.  God’s gift to us at Christmas is His eternal, unchanging love – the love of our Heavenly Father. As a ten year-old boy,Continue reading “Remembering a Father’s Love at Christmas”

“Joy Unspeakable”

On my way to work every morning, I pass one of those electronic billboards, with frequently changing messages. Yesterday, I noticed a holiday message, “Eat, drink and be merry!  Enjoy the holidays!”  The sad truth behind this message is for some, the only joy they will experience during the holidays will be in eating, drinking, and beingContinue reading ““Joy Unspeakable””

Peace on Earth . . .

There are approximately 34 major wars and conflicts taking place around the world today.  These conflicts contribute to homelessness, a deluge refuges fleeing to nearby countries, and many deaths. In twelve of the thirty four conflicts more than 1,000 people die every year.  These wars include: the Afghan Civil War, Somali Civil War, Iraq War,Continue reading “Peace on Earth . . .”

Celebrating Advent

Most of us lament the over-commercialization of Christmas and the reality that the true meaning of Christmas is lost amid the noise and hype of Christmas trees, Santa Claus, reindeer, parades, and “Black Friday.”  Even the traditional Christmas Nativity programs at church have morphed into “spectaculars,” that look more like Hollywood than Bethlehem. I rememberContinue reading “Celebrating Advent”

The Power of a Simple “Thank You”

There is incredible power in a simple “thank you.”  It is perhaps the most uncomplicated form of recognition and praise, and yet it is something every person longs to hear.  The season of Thanksgiving provides us an opportunity express appreciation to others by using this basic phrase. Research from the Gallup organization reveals only fourContinue reading “The Power of a Simple “Thank You””