Opinions, Truth, and Identity

A straw poll is an unofficial measure of public opinion. The first known straw poll, which spawned the modern polling industry, was taken in 1824 and showed that Andrew Jack- son would beat John Quincy Adams for the presidency of the United States. In 1936, George Gallup applied more scientific means to polling and correctly predicted Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidential …

The Most Important Message

A long time ago, I read a quote somewhere that I’ve never been able to find again but that I’ve never forgotten either. It was one of those lines that so penetrates you, you only have to encounter it once. The quote went something like this: “Every time you preach, do so as if the eternity of men’s souls hangs …

BE-ing before GO-ing

Christianity needs intentional training. We need “veteran” Christians” (those who are experiencing the richness of life in the kingdom of God) to GO forth and invest in the lives of others, discipling them to maturity: disciples making disciples who make disciples. My book GO: Flex Your Story provides training for anyone willing and listening to our Father’s voice to share their unique story …

How Would You Rate Jesus?

Testimonials have always been persuasive. According to researchers, when it comes to people’s purchasing decisions, “there is strong evidence . . . that consumers rely on customer [that’s you!] recommendations far more than advertising.” Understanding the enormous persuasive power of recommendation, why do we as devoted followers of Jesus so often hesitate to recommend Him? If you were to rate …

What Fuels Your Engine?

What loftiness of soul, what purity and elevation of motive, what unselfishness, what self-sacrifice, what exhaustive toil, what ardor of spirit, what divine tact are requisite to be an intercessor for men! When we watch or read mystery or detective stories, the police are always looking for the motive that caused the person to do the crime. In these stories, …

Finding Intimacy in a Lockdown World

The more time we sit in Jesus’ presence, the more intimately we will know Him. The more we know Him, the more secure and confident we will feel. There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a difficult year for many of us. We’ve experienced lockdowns, closed churches, major illness, political unrest, and, unfortunately, some of us have experienced other heart-wrenching …