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We Weren’t Born to Be Mild

by Michael Catt (from the “Leap of Faith” series) Joshua 1 Ron Dunn said there are three characteristics of faith:1) It is an affirmation.2) It is an act.3) It is an attitude.– The life of faith is a life of rest.– Faith is not a substitute for effort, and effort is not a substitute for […]

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Getting Older

(from Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life) 41% of Millennials (born in 1981 or later) pray daily.42% of Gen Xers (born between 1965-80) prayed daily in the late 1990s.54% of Gen Xers pray daily now.47% of Boomers (born between 1946-64) prayed daily in the early 1980s.62% of Boomers pray daily now. 2ProphetU2ProphetU is an […]

Charitable Giving

(as appeared in Christianity Today, April 2010) $3.38 billion – The amount given by Americans in light of Hurricane Katrina$1.6 billion – The amount given by Americans in light of the 2004 Asian Tsunami$877 million – The amount given by Americans in light of the Haiti Earthquake $2.31 – U.S. tax money given to Haiti […]

The Resurrection of Ministry

Serving in the Hope of the Risen Lord – Andrew Purves. IVP Books. Many who go into ministry with expectancy and optimism find instead discouragement and regret. Is there a hope for renewal, for a new taste of God’s grace in serving his people? With Christ, Andre Purves reminds us, ministry takes place in the […]

Global Awakening

How 20th-Century Revivals Triggered a Christian Revolution – Mark Shaw. IVP Academic. “Mark Shaw’s bold thesis about the ongoing importance of revivals in the modern world is a treasure for many reasons. . . . It opens edifying vistas for Christian believers of all sorts who have become aware of momentous shfits in the nature […]

Understanding Young Dreamers

Written by: Bill Elliff “Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.” Genesis 37:5 There’s nothing more perplexing than a young dreamer. Unproven and untested, it’s easy to rush to conclusions. “He has no idea…wait until he gets out into the ‘real world’…who does he […]

Strength in Quietness

In his book, “Man’s Search For Meaning,” Nazi Death Camp survivor Viktor Frankl addressed the need for seclusion and the search for privacy by prisoners in the Nazi camps. “It is well known that an enforced community life, in which attention is paid to everything one does all the time, may result in an irresistible […]

A Friend, a Cemetery, and the Gospel

Today I stood on a grassy knoll in a cemetery in Newport, Tennessee. It was a warm June day, but there was a refreshing wind blowing as the graveside service began. Terri and I had come over to be with a friend whose dad had died. When it was time for the funeral to start, […]

It’s Carnival Time! (Part 1)

Perhaps it’s my age, or maybe it was the weather, but recently on a hot summer’s day I got to thinking about my boyhood in northern Indiana when every summer the carnival came to town. It was a big event and teh equipment always set up on a large vacant lot at the corner of […]