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More From Scotland

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I recently picked up a reprint of a series of lectures published in Scotland by ministers reflecting on the revival that had just swept through the churches there in 1839. The book was published in 1840, so their reflections were fresh in their minds. One of the subjects they cover is the condition of the […]

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Revival Stories

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It was Jonathan Edwards who first capitalized on the capabilities of the publishing world, as it existed in New England in the mid-1700’s, to let the rest of the world in on the outpouring of the Spirit in his church in Northampton, Massachusetts. Some of those published accounts made it all the way to England, […]

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In Me First

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The absolutely chaotic conditions of our day are prompting an increasing cry across the nation for revival. There is an encouraging explosion of prayer initiatives across the country calling for God to send revival. It wasn’t too long ago that the word was largely absent in any public discourse on the condition and future of […]

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Minus the Manifest Presence of God

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One of my favorite places to go, when I visit Israel, is Shiloh. It’s where the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant rested for the first 360 years of Israel’s occupation of the Promised Land. The Ark of the Covenant has enormous historical significance. Archaeologists and theologians alike have been looking for it and […]

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Warning to Worship Leaders Everywhere

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When I was growing up in South Africa in the 1960’s most worship service planners called everything before the sermon, “preliminaries.” That word conveyed what everyone was thinking in those days… that the main attraction in the worship service was the sermon and everything else simply a warm-up to the main feature. Somewhere between the […]

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Can God Work Without You?

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Well, the answer is a resounding yes! He can! God can do whatever He wants whenever He wants. He doesn’t need us or any thing to complete His being or His doing. So, then, exactly what is the nature of the partnership we have been called into with God ever since creation in the accomplishment […]

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Wanna Be My Friend

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Nine to three-fifty is a long time for a kindergartner to be in school! It’s a dumb idea, especially when every cell in a five year old is screaming, “move… play… have fun!” My five-year-old granddaughter is doing great in kindergarten, but having a hard time with the long hours and separation from her mom […]

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The Language of Ministry and Calling: John the Baptist

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I can depend on it like the rain in Seattle: that evaluative question that will predictably be asked in the first five minutes of any introductory conversation with another pastor: “How many are in your church?”  Though the phraseology may vary – “what’s your Sunday morning attendance,” or, “what are you running now?” – the […]

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The Language of Ministry and Calling: Jeremiah

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When you speak of your ministry or calling, is your language positive and life-giving or is it the overflow of a profound woundedness and insecurity? Do your words reflect a fire burning in your heart for the people to whom God has called you? While, in the moment, it may seem like nothing more than […]

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The Language of Ministry and Calling: Moses

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The well-worn story goes something like this: Over morning coffee a man looks at his wife and states emphatically: “I don’t care if it’s Sunday morning, I’m not going back to that church. It’s a waste of time. No one likes me at that church. Frankly, I don’t like them either. And….” About that point […]