“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24). Jesus Christ is an interesting character, to say the least. This first-century miracle worker and teacher is the reason we call … More Shock, Wonder, or Trust?
The Church – the universal body of Christ – is a unique institution made up of people rather than materials or mechanisms. Established and sustained by God Himself, the Church acts most like she should when she fulfills the role for which she has been created. The oft-quoted passage at the end of Matthew’s gospel … More Coalescing Churches and Missionaries
What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? As is true of Christian churches, those parishioners of the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints may not be aware of or able to articulate every foundational belief of the institution. Like many naïve Christian church attendees, some Mormon temple members might be unable to state … More The “Jesus” of Mormonism
When is the right time to witness to someone? What does a Christian need to know before witnessing or evangelizing? Must a Christian wait to witness to someone until he or she is burdened or compelled by some inward sensation? This question may be phrased in numerous ways and yet ask basically the same thing. … More Should a believer wait to have a “burden” before witnessing?
What does it mean to be Lost? Usually, in the context of Christianity, one is not speaking of location confusion when using the term lost. To say, “he is lost,” is to say something other than, “he does not know how to make his way from his home to the church building.” The term lost … More What does it mean to be ‘Lost’?
Prayer is essential in the life of every Christian. Most churchgoers would fully acknowledge this as a reality, but some may be embarrassed to answer any questions regarding the frequency, intentionality, or purpose of their own prayers. Likewise, most churchgoers would accept some responsibility for evangelism generally. However, personal evangelism and the clear requirement of … More Jesus, Prayer & Evangelism
Is “receive Christ” terminology proper to use in presenting the gospel? It is of paramount importance that anyone who seeks to articulate the Gospel of Jesus Christ does so in terms that are understandable to the one or ones with whom the evangelist is attempting to communicate. This means that the evangelist will need to … More Should a person ‘receive Christ’?
While a young mother was changing her two-year-old daughter’s clothes, she heard Bella’s tiny voice. Pointing to herself, Bella asked, “I cansoo?” Leslie, Bella’s mother, was used to interpreting her daughter’s attempts at communication, but this word was new. “Say it again,” Leslie said. She needed to hear it again in order to make a … More Hope in times of suffering, pain and loss
Church growth and church outreach have been topics of interest among church leaders for a long time. These subjects are not new. In fact, the biblical record can give us some incredible insight into these concentrated areas. Far from being a field through which we may walk, seeking to ‘cherry pick’ verses to fit our … More A Theology of Church Growth & Outreach