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What is Revival?

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Used to be that the subject of revival drew little interest in the nation. It was thought by most to be irrelevant, given the current popularity of a more subdued, rational approach to the Christian faith. A few ridiculed the notion, based on the unfortunate excesses that have attended most of the history of true […]

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The Same Battle… Two Opposite Responses

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  I have nothing against consultants. How’s that for an opening statement? The issue I have is with church leadership that finds itself in crisis and, as their first response, calls in a consultant because they don’t know what to do. So, the consultant arrives with their bag of tricks, tools for analysis, underlying philosophies […]

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Changing A Nation Through Repentance

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I have heard a whole lot of media chatter, rising to a crescendo during the coverage of the passing of Billy Graham, that apparently believes the most desirable feature of the Christian message or messenger is that it is without any judgment. Frankly, it makes me a little uncomfortable. Now, I do realize that, over […]

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Running From Thorns

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2018 broke heavy on Rita and me. We were on a short break down in Arizona, between Christmas and New Year, to recoup from the craziness of the December schedule. I’m sure every pastor feels that way. Some time New Year’s Eve we got word of a sewer problem back home. We immediately called a […]

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Parking Spaces or Nothing

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It was not just for Jeremiah’s benefit that God said to him, “Call to Me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known” (Jeremiah 33:3). After all, Jeremiah was already a prophet of the Lord, and God had already been speaking great and hidden things […]

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Rocking the Boat

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My adult daughters and sons-in-law do their best to keep my social media posts positive, but there are times, when I see the City of God being deceived, that I cannot be silent. One of my readings this morning was 1 Samuel 28, where Samuel was dead, and Saul, facing a formidable Philistine army at […]

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Returning

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As a young pastor, in my first senior pastorate, I once had to counsel a man who had been very active in the church, but, it turned out, had been having an affair with another woman in the church for sixteen years… until he was found out. And I suddenly found myself in the middle […]

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God Using Scoundrels

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If you have lived for any length of time, you have come across situations where God appears to be using, even blessing, people in ministry that we wouldn’t use. I don’t mean when God uses broken people. We all fall into that category. I mean scoundrels. Most of us have lived through the exposure of […]

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Worship Wars

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Some things never change. The story is told that back in the days of the Second Great Awakening, Charles G. Finney was in a minister’s meeting where a heated argument had broken out regarding allowing “bass violins” into church worship. The opponents of the idea believed that if you allowed bass violins into worship, next […]