PrayER for Afghanistan

I have been deeply burdened for the Christians, pastors, and missionaries who remain in Afghanistan. I have asked for the Lord’s help in how to pray, and today Psalm 68 helped to guide my prayer. I am learning that it is not enough to be moved emotionally in these moments. Nor is it enough to […]

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Competing Ethical Standards: Is there really a competition?

I was asked an interesting question recently that made me think…“How do competing ethical standards and globalizing information and influences impact your context?” While I’m still mulling over the answer, here are some of my thoughts. Feel free to share your own! Evangelical Christianity, commonly associated with the “Bible Belt,” is still the dominant influence […]

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Does spiritual warfare matter?

I had heard it before. The man across the table from me was obviously distressed. Disheveled hair and red eyes let me know before he did that he had not been sleeping well. Trouble with his wife and kids as well as stress at work were the source that he identified as the problem. It […]

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THE EXCHANGE WITH PASTOR JOSH: ETHICAL ISSUES – PART 2

Jesus commanded that we are to “love the Lord your God…with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). It is a command that can be joyfully obeyed especially when done together with other Jesus followers. That is what “The Exchange with Pastor Josh” is all about. The questions and insights that are shared are not from Pastor […]

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The Exchange with Pastor Josh: Ethical Issues – Part 1

Jesus commanded that we are to “love the Lord your God…with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). It is a command that can be joyfully obeyed especially when done together with other Jesus followers. That is what “The Exchange with Pastor Josh” is all about. The questions and insights that are shared are not from Pastor […]

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The Exchange with Pastor Josh: Where Did the Apostles Go?

Jesus commanded that we are to “love the Lord your God…with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). It is a command that can be joyfully obeyed especially when done together with other Jesus followers. That is what “The Exchange with Pastor Josh” is all about. The questions and insights that are shared are not from Pastor […]

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God’s Unusual Way of Answering Prayer

In a ministry staff meeting, our ministers were doing some self-evaluation using the “APEST” framework from Ephesians 4:11. The Lord gives some to be Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds, and Teachers. As we surveyed the team, most of us were shepherds and teachers. Only one of us had distinct giftedness as an evangelist, and we were […]

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A Message of Consolation

I know that many folks who are grieving and suffering this Christmas season were unable to attend our Service of Consolation. If that is you, let me offer this reflection as a word of encouragement… “We don’t know who discovered water, but it wasn’t the fish.” So goes the quote attributed to Marshall McLuhan. It […]

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