Several months ago, in an article entitled “Multi-Site Churches,” I spoke of a growing phenomenon among religious groups in which a cluster of churches are governed by the same leadership.  In that article I pointed out that churches using this model are effectively setting up new denominations.  They may be small denominations made up of… [Read More]

What Is the Church?

Confusion persists regarding the church, although this confusion is unwarranted because God has been very clear about this institution and the reasons why he established it on earth. When you examine the Scriptures, you find a number of helpful descriptions of the church that should clear up any misunderstanding. The church is the “called out.”… [Read More]

Helping Develop Hearts That Are Pleasing to God

This past week I had the opportunity to attend the Freed-Hardeman lectures for the first time.  If you have never attended the lectureship at FHU, I would highly recommend giving it a shot next year.  Some of the sharpest minds in the church were gathered together from Monday to Thursday to discuss Israel’s plea for… [Read More]

Respecting Authority

There is a general distrust of authority in our society.  School administrators and teachers complain about a lack of respect in the classroom.  Americans, some of them in positions that are supposed to enforce the law, seem to ignore the Constitution.  Parents struggle with children who are rebellious.  Where does this anti-authoritarian attitude come from?… [Read More]

Just One Thing

Once in the fall, a fox and hedgehog crossed paths and the fox said to the hedgehog, “Come with me to steal some grapes from the vineyard.” The hedgehog replied, “I cannot because I am afraid of the traps that have been laid there!” The fox said to the hedgehog, “Don’t worry! You’ll come to… [Read More]

All of a Piece

On the way to the house of a prominent ruler of a synagogue, Jesus encountered a poor woman who had suffered from an affliction for twelve years. She had tried everything and was at her wits’ end when she saw the crowd pressed around Jesus. She had heard the reports about him and believed in… [Read More]

Making (and Keeping) Resolutions

At this time of the year, people are making New Year’s resolutions.  Weight Watchers is seeing a bump in their enrollment, and Nicorette’s first quarter earnings are looking good.  People are promising themselves that 2015 will be the year they pay off their debt or get more exercise or reduce their stress levels or stop… [Read More]

No Reverse

Some things get better with time but some things just don’t – like my grandpa’s old green 1990 Ford Crown Victoria. In spite of our best efforts, that old car was seemingly indestructible.  By the time my grandpa officially retired “The Green Car” (as we lovingly called it), the Crown Vic had racked up over… [Read More]

Next Year, Next Time

I know it sounds cliché, but it’s hard to believe another year has gone by.  It seems like it was just yesterday that we were talking about making 2014 a great year, and now we’re talking about 2015. Time flies when you’re having fun, to quote another well-worn phrase.  And don’t get me wrong.  I… [Read More]

Three Things

What makes you happy in life?  Not just ‘crack-a-smile’ happy.  What makes you truly, deeply, fully happy and satisfied?  Scottish writer Alexander Chalmers once made the claim that “a person only needs 3 things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”  Chalmers made this… [Read More]