The Quest for God

The gospel of John essentially begins and ends with the same question. It is the premier question, and it is at the heart of prayer, “What are you looking for?” (John 1:38; 20:15) Early in the gospel narrative, this is the question posed by Jesus to two of John the Baptist’s disciples. Then, after His…

Call to Solemn Assembly

Twenty years ago in a number of movements – the Church of God, the Southern Baptists, the United Methodists, the Assembly of God and others, there was a call to Solemn Assembly. Manuals were produced. Solemn Assemblies were conducted in congregations and by denominational leaders. Some of these events involved thousands – 39,000 clergy in…

Hope for a New Generation

Before Hezekiah’s reign, his father, Ahaz, had introduced pagan practices, indeed, he had proliferated them. They were a part of his national policy strategy. Suddenly, the people of God were out and pagans were in; the good folks were bad, and bad folks were in charge. Godliness was taboo, too narrow, too confining, too old-fashioned,…