Needed – Another Great Awakening

In the last hundred years, we have had significant national spiritual moments, short of a Great Awakening. In the 1940’s and ‘50’s we experienced the signs and wonders revival. In that same era, Billy Graham became a national phenomenon. After two years of traveling as a speaker for the Youth for Christ organization, Billy Graham…

A Church Revived Through a Missional Focus

A 300 year old church in Massachusetts faced a major challenge. Its ‘young people’ were in their ‘60’s. Their annual budget was $15,000. Most neighbors who passed the drab building with a drive-in congregation thought the church was closed. The neighborhood was now an Italian and Jewish enclave unlike the congregation of forty people with…

Concern for the City

The priests in the Old Testament were assigned, as were the Levites, to cities. They were required to live there. Priestly ministry was never confined exclusively to the temple. Priests were not to become other worldly. Ray Bakke, sociologist and missiologist, says that twenty-five types of urban ministry can be found in the historical books…

You have a decision to make.

Glen Kehrein charges: “Rarely, however, does the church of Jesus Christ work as a healing agent for social strife. Rather, it appears to be a non-player or worse.”[1] We have two options. We can change nothing, telling ourselves that we are called only to be faithful, not necessarily successful, in terms of new converts and…

The Mercy of God

When Hezekiah re-opened the temple, repaired its doors and commanded the priests to clean out the “filth,” excitement rippled through the nation. The Passover was coming. Israel was returning to God. But the calendar was unbendable. Hezekiah desperately wanted to celebrate the Passover and to celebrate it right, on time. He was endeavoring to meet…

Solemn Assembly

Today, we minimize sin. Sin’s wages are deadly, but some conditions are abominable. At such times, God removed His people from the land that had been intended as a stage for the world to witness His relationship with Israel and come to know Him. Nations have purposes. John Adams believed that God had orchestrated the…

Is God Dead?

On Good Friday, April 8, 1966, an issue of Time magazine shook the nation. The cover was black with bold red letters as if written in blood, asking “Is God Dead?” In the next six months, almost thirty additional periodicals weighed in on the issue – the nation was abuzz in a discussion about the…