Don’t Just Learn—Follow

I admit it I love to preach. I love to teach Bible studies. I love to serve the Lord and His people by setting up chairs, sweeping floors, or making coffee. I am a terrible singer, so I don’t try to lead singing, but I love to give financially to our Father and to kingdom causes. All of these are …

Are You Ready?

In a pop-culture world where it seems that every other movie is about a supercharged hero with some cool ability to fly or shoot lasers out of their eyes, my two biggest heroes are a geophysicist and a lawyer! Those are their Clark Kent roles. As far as I know, neither one of them can walk up walls, turn green, …

Sharing with Your People

God often demonstrates in Scripture that the first people He wants us to share with are the groups we already belong to. For example, In the book of Acts, both Peter and Paul went to Jews first, sharing Jewish stories. In Acts 2, when Peter stood to give his first public sermon, he preached on the day of Pentecost, a …

Fear or Faith?

Fear can be a powerful weapon against faith At the time of his death, Moses was the greatest leader in the history of Israel. God used him to deliver the Hebrew people from Egyptian captivity (Egypt was the dominant world power at that time). God performed amazing miracles through Moses and gave him the Ten Commandments. Moses was respected and …

How You Can Tell an Effective Story

Neuroscientists continue to discover the effect that storytelling has on our brains. Paul J. Zak is the founding director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and a professor of economics, psychology, and management at Claremont Graduate University. In an article published in the Harvard Business Review, he wrote about his laboratory’s attempts to “hack” the body’s oxytocin system to see …

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 …