A Fresh Focus

Someone has observed that the first generation of any movement is usually radically transformed. The 2nd and 3rd generations are grateful – they live the transformation indirectly, enjoy its fruit, and then sadly drift back into complacency. The 4th generation is often clueless. Rejecting the faith of their fathers – they go back to the…

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A New Identity

At Pentecost, at Antioch, and in the modern era, at Azusa Street, we witnessed God’s desire to give birth to a new race of men not seen in history and only possible in Christ – the ‘chosen’ (eklektos) race – select, favored, and choice. Is such a thing possible? Have we missed a critical clue…

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Historical Perspective and Our Future

In 100 AD, 70 years after the resurrection, 30 years after the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple – there were only 20-25,000 believers. For every living believer, an estimated one-to-two others had been martyred under Nero or Domitian. All the original twelve apostles were dead, as were Paul, Timothy and Titus, John Mark and…

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Back to the Future – A Call for Pentecostal Prayer!

Over the next several weeks, my blog will include excerpts from a message that I delivered at the 25th Anniversary Gathering of the PCCNA, in Memphis, in March 2019. I believe the church of the future will be, and must be, a glorious intertwining of Messianic roots, liturgical rhythms, evangelical expediency, and Pentecostal empowerment Messianic…

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Praying with Your Children

In honor of Mother’s Day, this blog post reflects on the importance of not just praying for your children, but with your children as well. Parents who love the Lord openly create an infectious environment. Kids ‘catch’ the faith. Intentional teaching is essential, but it is the incidental inculcation of values that is even more…

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Engaging Millennials

Recapture the generation that checked out of church. 1.   Create opportunities for intergenerational mentoring. Intergenerational connections are vital to a healthy, apostolic church. “The old dream and the young see visions!” 2.   Be authentic, without dismissing the importance of credible Christian models. 3.   Be a compassionate community – expressing the love of Christ outside the…

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