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Why Niceness Weakens Our Witness
I can’t follow Christ and also succeed at being nice. God did not call you to be nice. This statement has been rattling around in my head for well over a year now, and I haven’t been able to shake it. It has reemerged at crucial moments, not as an excuse to be snarky, angry, or rude, but...
Homeless Christians, Fractured Culture: Thoughts on Prayers, Laments, and Action
The tragedies in El Paso and Dayton should propel us towards both prayer and action. Over the weekend, tragedy once again rocked our country to its core as two separate mass shootings occurred within hours of each other in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. More than that, these senseless...
Jesus, Deliver Us from This Racist Evil Age
We believe in a Savior who redeems, a Spirit who reconciles, and a gospel that is the antithesis of white supremacy. On August 3, 2019, a shooter entered a Walmart shopping center in El Paso, Texas, and murdered 22 image-bearers and injured dozens of others. According to news reports, the gunman...
Why Southern Baptists’ Social Justice Spat Is Actually About the Sufficiency of Scripture
The Founders documentary trailer uncovers a larger disagreement over how to approach secular theories around race and gender. Fallout over a controversial documentary trailer rebuking an alleged social justice agenda within the Southern Baptist Convention marks the latest flashpoint in ongoing...
The Christian Case Against the Orphanage
Children need a stable family, not institutional care. In recent years, both The Guardian and The New York Times have featured lengthy exposés of orphanages in the majority world. It appears that many orphanages have been run for nefarious ends. There have been reports of children being...
The Great Century of Missions Ended Over a Century Ago: Will Our Age Be the Great Century of Omission?
The People of God must boldly proclaim the gospel message both here and abroad. People seem to be responding to the topic of missions or missionary work in one of a few ways today. More recently, our culture has begun to see missions as a controversial reality. We saw this with John Chau and the...
The ‘Jeykll and Hyde’ Church: The Long Journey Back to Our Mission
Why does it seem the church is unable to be who she is called to be? Nearly 135 years ago, British missionary C.T. Studd traveled to China to share the gospel message with those who had never heard. His spirit was both a reflection of the fervor of God’s people for millennia and also a...
Assemblies of God Elects First Woman to Top Leadership Team
A historic vote for Donna Barrett as general secretary “has been meaningful for many women who feel God’s calling on their lives.” For the first time in its 105-year history, the Assemblies of God (AG) General Council has elected a woman to its executive leadership. Ohio minister Donna...
Redeeming Rural
Regardless of how few people live in an area, every person is in search for and in need of redemption. A couple weeks ago the Laxton house couldn’t agree on a movie for family movie night, so my wife clicked on Hoosiers. Now, a movie as old as Hoosiers certainly raised my children’s...
Preaching Against Racism Is Not a Distraction from the Gospel
The pulpit gives a record of our witness. On November 4, 2008, some seven months after I became a father, I saw something unfold on television that I never expected to witness in my lifetime. The United States of America had elected an African American president. My son was asleep by the time...
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