Today the students of Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio are in shock. Although details are still coming in, we do know that at least four other students were shot and a suspect is in custody.
In the crazy "what if" world of impossible scenarios I am convinced that Jesus would be fired within his first few months of becoming a youth leader at the typical church.
What if? What if the Lake of Fire was just outside of Cleveland? What if people went there before they died and not after? What if we could get in a car and drive to Ohio to witness the suffering of the lost firsthand?
"I'm too busy!" Jesus had a packed ministry schedule but he made time to pray.
Too often, too many of us have negative views of the word evangelism. Sadly, the 2,000 year old practice of evangelism has 2,000 years worth of baggage that comes with it
Embarrassingly I must admit that for the first seventeen years of Dare 2 Share I used prayer as a kind of holy water to sprinkle on my white board strategies.
“It’s the pastor’s job, not mine.”
The Mayans predicted it. Conspiracy theorists have confirmed it. Hollywood even made a movie about it. Could the next twelve months culminate in the end of the world as we know it?
Too many times we as Christians either avoid sharing the gospel with family and friends during Christmas or we do it in ways that are borderline ineffective or over-the-liine obnoxious.
What’s true in sports is true of evangelism. The more you talk about it the more you prioritize it.
True grit is more than a great movie. It’s what Jesus calls us to in the world of professional ministry.
It is only for little old ladies.
Spiritually speaking how do you blow up a church, youth group, campus ministry or Sunday school with the right brand of new-believers-being-added-to-the-kingdom growth?
I love Mormons. To be honest I don’t know if I’ve ever met a Mormon I didn’t like. Just the other day we had a Mormon family over to our house
Okay, not literally. I’m talking about the kind of spiritual and numerical church explosion we read about in the book of Acts.
If you want to “catch” teenagers for Christ then you must go to the ponds where they are swimming 7 hours a day, the public school campus.
With the same day passing of great men like Steve Jobs and great/godly men like Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth one can’t help but think about the brevity of life and the surety of death.
Over the last three years or so prayer has been becoming an obsession in my life and ministry. The financial tsunami that swept across America in October of 2008 swept across many non-profit ministries too.
Would it surprise you that the following five terms are never used in the Bible when it comes to describing how a person receives salvation?
You can’t walk down the mall (Victoria, it’s not a secret), drive down the street (billboards!), or surf the internet without seeing something vile. And forget watching television or going to the movies.
In the ten years since the attacks my reaction has been changed again and again. But, as the dust has finally settled, I am convinced from my reading of Scripture that there are three ways Christians should respond.
Droughts in Texas, record breaking heat in the midwest, hurricanes on the east coast and torrential rains on the Gulf Coast all combine to beg the question, “What the heck is going on?”
How did I feel about Divided? Mixed, split and, well, divided! This surprisingly well filmed documentary follows the journey of one young man on a “quest” to discover what’s gone wrong with youth ministry and how to fix it.
When we make an eternal investment by advancing God’s kingdom agenda with our time, talent and treasure it has a compound interest beyond anything we could ever imagine. Believer don’t be nervous about crashing your stock portfolio here on earth.
Yeah, I know, that should be a T-shirt or a bumper sticker or something. But it was just a simple sentence that came out of my six year old daughter’s mouth