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Dealing with My Biggest Disappointment

March 28, 2017

The psalmist said, “I have been young, and now am old . . .” (Psalm 37:25), and that is how I feel. Fifty-something is not over the hill, but it is surely down the road—and now that I am down that road I see things a lot differently than I did when my shoes were …

Let’s Hear It for Winter! 

February 10, 2017

Southern loved ones who see “summer year round” subtly speak “advantage,” through words of pity for us Northerners frozen beneath white months. But I have grown to treasure winter. When friends in February flip-flops shake their heads, lamenting our blizzards and forced fireside days, I always think “they really don’t seem to get winter,” and how …

The Danger of Reductionism in Preaching

November 09, 2016

As a recovering addict of overstatement, I want to be careful in the words I choose to warn fellow ministers about the danger of reductionism in our preaching and teaching. Dictionary.com defines reductionism as: “The practice of simplifying a complex idea, issue, condition, or the like, especially to the point of minimizing, obscuring, or distorting …

Is Donald Trump Truly Repentant and Does It Even Matter?

October 11, 2016

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” I am not a politician or a pundit. I am a preacher and a …

Presidential Debates, Donald Trump’s Faith Council, and Why I Can’t Talk

September 27, 2016

Did You See the Presidential Debate? I watched the debate last night, every single word—did you? Beyond what was said, I was tuned in to the format, the non-verbal of each presidential candidate, and the seeming unfairness of the moderator. I’m sure it’s not easy to remain silent when maligned, especially when all or part of the …

The Greatest Event in Human History

July 12, 2016

Nothing more satisfying than a growing discipleship relationship with the men in our own church. After five Act Like Men “serious as a heart attack” Sunday-night discipleship events – this is how the faithful attenders from September ’15–May ’16 rewarded each other – with an Act Like Men Palooza, dubbed “the greatest event in human …

Treating God’s Glory as a By-Product

April 27, 2016

  One of the most educational days I ever spent was in Bakersfield, California, with a man named Bill Bolthouse. A deeply committed Christian originally from Michigan, Bill developed and refined the harvesting of raw carrots into those beautiful little rounded carrots you frequently see on a vegetable tray with cauliflower, broccoli, and some ranch-dressing …

Jerry Falwell, Jr., Donald Trump, and the Crisis at Liberty University*

January 29, 2016

*Note: title may be designed to ignite people’s fondness for negativity /controversy. JERRY FALWELL I was hosted this past Wednesday by the incredible David Nasser at Liberty University for what he called a “One Day Revival.” I was privileged to stand in front of nearly 12,000 students and proclaim, “Revival Part 1: Seeing God for Who He …

Preachers, a President, and the Damage Done By Equivocation

December 08, 2015

For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle? (NKJV) Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? (NIV) The context of this wonderful verse from 1 Corinthians 14:8 is the spiritual gift of tongues. Whatever you may believe about that personally, the …

A Compelling State of Affairs

December 03, 2015

Leaders don’t spend a lot of time on things that are going well. Leaders look for underutilized resources, for new talent. They are constantly on the search for what could improve—and into that, they are speaking a compelling state of affairs. The subject of leadership is so massive in importance, we dedicated two days this …

Happy Birthday, Luke

November 22, 2015

Today our oldest son, Luke, turns 30 years old. Happy Birthday! Dear Luke: I remember the first time I heard you sing — of course, we had sung kids’ songs together many times, but you were really singing . . . In was the summer of 1998 on family vacation, and you were in the …

A Shot in the Arm (and 5 Other Things)

October 15, 2015

Time to freshen up the blog, as we bring our busy fall ministry launch season to a close. Here are just a few touch points, to connect my heart with yours and get current . . . • HARVEST TRAINING CENTER FOR CHURCH PLANTING Love, love, love the men who have come with their families …

Is Kim Davis right about her rights? Are we right about Kim Davis?

September 08, 2015

I think it great sin to fire public shots at members of Christ’s family and pray for increased faithfulness among us to “love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again” (1 Peter 1:22b-23a). With that said, I want to ‘think out loud’ about the situation with Kim Davis. 

Matt Redman and the Privilege of Serving Jesus

August 12, 2015

Take a few minutes and work through this post. I am praying it will stir fresh affection for Jesus and for serving Him with your whole heart. “Do not withhold good, from whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” Proverbs 3:27 Failing to honor those who serve well among us …

Changed Forever

May 01, 2015

Hey Friends: We’re in the last week of our Risen for the Nations tour . . . and your prayers have meant so much to us. We are changed forever by what we have experienced and seen. We’ve spent our final leg in Haiti, with a tremendously encouraging visit to our Harvest Bible Chapel in …

Tea, Laborers, and Fields That Are Ripe

April 24, 2015

Hey friends: Did you know that some of the highest quality tea in the world is grown in Kenya? To make such quality tea, they harvest only the bud and top leaf from each tea plant. For that reason the leaves must be harvested by hand, one at a time. Thousands of people can be seen …

Elder Rule Church Government is From Satan, Too

April 16, 2015

Back in the spring of 2011, I made the regrettable decision to publish a blog post entitled, “Congregational Government is From Satan.” Initially the post was inflammatory to get attention, but in the end it was judged as unbalanced and therefore unfair. In that sense, the danger of hyperbole was realized. That post was removed long …

The Darker the Darkness . . .

April 09, 2015

Great victories are often followed by seasons of testing, and this trip has been no exception. Kirk VanMaanen and the film crew left Israel first, then lost their luggage and missed their connection to Kuala Lumpur while in Istanbul. They arrived a day later from Amsterdam and waited an additional two days for their luggage. …

Be on Guard Yourself

February 25, 2015

“Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching.” 2 Timothy 4:15 Listen up, Pastors: It felt so right to get it right that I won’t ever forget the good feeling in my soul or the shocked look on her face. She had been in the church several weeks, was already in …

No Better Legacy

February 18, 2015

There is no way, humanly speaking, I would be preaching today if my mom had not instilled in me a love for God’s Word. From my earliest memories, she gathered her own kids with the neighborhood kids, and through flannel graph and passionate storytelling deposited in our little souls a love for God’s Word.

Revive Your Soul through Self-Examination

February 05, 2015

I confess to a little ‘blogger’s block’ the past few weeks, at least in part due to my own grieving over the fall, failure, fallout, and firestorm about men formerly in ministry who are very dear to me personally. In the past two years, I count 6 or 7 . . . wow, wow, wow. Knowing …


January 27, 2015

Today is not a rehearsal for anything. Today is your life.

I Preached a Bad Sermon…

October 29, 2014

It’s a famous story in our church’s Elder history. A group of Elders and their wives were enjoying a beautiful meal together and wonderfully edifying conversation around the table, just as desert was served. My first bite of apple pie seemed unusually cold and clammy, but I didn’t want to cut into the discussion, so I …

Headed for the Ditch on a Sunny Day

October 03, 2014

Hey, I just came out with my new book, Act Like Men: 40 Studies for Biblical Manhood. I wrote it because men are in trouble, and God has a lot to say about manhood that we need to hear. As of yesterday, it became available in stores, and I hope it will be a challenge …

It’s Time to Act Like Men

September 26, 2014

I’m so excited for the Act Like Men conference coming to Dallas/Ft. Worth this November 14-15. We’re praying and asking God to do a life-changing work in the heart of every man who will be there. Check out these photos from last year. If you’re in the DFW area, you can be part of this—register …

On the Road to Focused Sermon Prep . . .

June 13, 2014

Getting down to serious sermon prep takes focus, concentration, and at times, clearing your head of the other stuff you are thinking about. So here comes the mind dump. Hope it’s edifying for you—it sure has been for me.

Vertical Passion Week

April 17, 2014

What distinguishes Passion Week in a vertical church? 1: Passion Week is a week, not a day or a weekend. We give our people special materials and devotionals to work through personally. We give them music to listen to on their way to church. We are a church family and we love to remember and, …

Short Post—Incredible Person!

March 19, 2014

Proverbs 3:27: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” Ok, I won’t!

Preacher Thoughts on Tone, Criticism, Scripture, Confession and Valentine’s Day

February 26, 2014

Random thoughts (no doubt related to conscious thoughts) are constantly in a pastor’s mind. What do I think about that? How should I handle this? Which approach is most Christ-honoring, most helpful, most impactful?

Jesus Christ is Stronger!

February 17, 2014

Ok, here’s the truth. I was a really skinny kid. To look at me now you wouldn’t know it, but my arms were like pipe cleaners and my legs like pick-up sticks. Really. I was embarrassed at swimming parties and felt ashamed to wear my basketball jersey ‘cause my shoulders could barely keep the straps …

Why I Don’t Preach Sometimes

January 30, 2014

Dear Pastors and Ministry Leaders: Thank you for checking in regularly. I hope this blog is a source of strengthening for your resolve to serve Jesus with abandon, no matter the cost. And I pray this blog resources your fruitfulness in our common mission to plant and pastor disciple-making churches.

Get Your Focus Back

January 16, 2014

Hey Pastor: What are you working on today? What are you striving after? Grieving over? Burdened about? Let’s keep our focus: We are not important. We are unprofitable servants on our best days. We have a King—and it is His glory we seek. John 2:11 says, “This, the first of His signs, Jesus did at …

The Best Novel I’ve Read in a Long Time!

December 11, 2013

Hey, who’s not up for an early Christmas present? Consider today’s post just that—a pre-Christmas gift from my good friend Jerry Jenkins. Jerry is the much-loved author of the Left Behind series and more than 150 other books and novels. But of far greater significance, Jerry is a dear friend and truly humble follower of Jesus. We won’t know …

This Is My Bible

November 25, 2013

This weekend I preached from John 15:1-17 about the secret to a joyful life, which Jesus makes clear begins with abiding in Him. I challenged our church family to make a plan to spend time in His life-giving Word every day…

When Men #ActLikeMen

November 21, 2013

Everywhere you look, men are in trouble—falling to superficiality, entertainment lifestyles, sensuality, secularism, lives lived apart from God, reaping for themselves and their families the harvest of what they have sown. Someone needs to throw men a life line. Men are are sinking, and only Jesus Christ can save them. Christ Himself must invade the …


September 24, 2013

After 25 years in the same church, Kathy and I have seen much of what there is to see in serving the Lord. So my goal in posting occasionally on this blog is to open my heart to pastors.

He Owns Me

August 15, 2013

Jesus is the Good Shepherd—He lays down His life for the sheep. And as His child, through faith in Him, He owns you, too.

Worshipping the Son

May 15, 2013

I am so excited about our worship department and the second live recording this Friday night for Vertical Church Band. They are such a gifted young group of artists—and we are so passionate about our adoration of Jesus Christ.

The One Thing

May 08, 2013

This is a blog for pastors and ministry leaders. It’s meant to be an open-hearted conversation about things pastors think and feel—

My Resignation

April 30, 2013

I wanted to wait until we returned from the Holy Land to make my decision public. I am officially announcing my resignation today from a job I have long held, and frequently done very poorly.

Sadness and Madness

April 10, 2013

Thank God for Rick and Kay Warren, and for Keith and Beth Moore. Beth says it better than I could, so let this woman of God be heard…”Sadness and Madness“

Things to Think about During Holy Week

March 25, 2013

This is Holy Week. And with the outpouring of ministry that will accompany it among our churches, I want to take a few minutes to encourage my fellow pastors as we prepare for its significance. Visit TheDayJesusDied.com

Five Things My Mom Taught Me

February 08, 2013

Happy Friday…I’ve been thinking about my mom a lot this week. I think that’s partly because I spoke at Moody Founders Week—she always used to loved to come and hear me there. We also just passed her third birthday in heaven, which was January 31—I’m sure she had an awesome day.

Whatever is Pure

January 16, 2013

Pastors!  Are you practicing your preaching and knowing the peace of mind that comes from personal purity? Are you living inside the boundaries God has established? Hebrews 13:4 – “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.“

The Blind Eye and the Deaf Ear

January 10, 2013

It was Solomon who remarked that “there is nothing new under the sun” and age/experience seem to often confirm what youthful idealism might tend to dismiss. Spurgeon’s book Lectures to My Students is filled with content that reveals the commonality of pastoral struggles and the immense wisdom gleaned from the Scriptures and his experience.

Can You Do It Again, Pastor?

December 14, 2012

After another exhausting week, in a string of weeks so far back I can’t see the start, I have yet another day of high-pressure message preparation. No matter what has happened this week or this month, everything is about to fade into a blur over the next 24 hours until just this single responsibility weighs …

Filled with Hope: When I Feel Afraid

December 11, 2012

Read It Luke 1:30-33 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

Filled with Joy: When I Feel Forgotten

November 30, 2012

Read It Luke 1:11-15 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard

When I Need to Shut Up

November 08, 2012

Hey: Sometimes my best movie-watching experience is an old favorite vs. something new—and I think the same can be true about blog posts. Back in July before the Vertical Church Tour, I posted something I hoped would be helpful to pastors facing criticism, from the trenches

Equipping vs. Serving: Are You Ready for Full-Time Ministry?

September 25, 2012

One of the key ministry values here at Harvest is recognizing the difference between equipping and serving. Serving is great, but serving is not the primary calling of a full-time pastor.

Common Mistakes Made by Young Preachers

September 18, 2012

One of my greatest joys these days is working with young preachers, trying to ‘fast track’ them through some of the lessons I have learned through almost three decades of preaching. I was blessed to attend some great schools, but truthfully most of the bit I have learned about preaching came from painful Sunday afternoons …

Practical Help for Preachers: Set Up the Word Before You Need It!

September 13, 2012

One of the things I longed for as a young preacher—and found very tough to find—was practical help with how to actually communicate. I was deeply persuaded about the importance of exposition and the need for application and all the main things, and there was a ton of info on how to interpret and outline …

I Want the Whole Gospel

September 07, 2012

I want the whole gospel: Every single ounce of truth; give it to me straight just like it is in the Bible.   I want the whole gospel: Don’t dilute the living water—it might not quench my thirsty soul.

15 Cities in Under 150 Seconds

August 28, 2012

The past three weeks have been a whirlwind on the Vertical Church Tour, amazing in so many ways—and we’re not even finished with leg one. So if a picture is worth

The Glory of Staying Put

July 26, 2012

When Kathy and I were in seminary in the late eighties, we began to pray, “God, we will go anywhere you want us to go, but if You would allow it, we would like to pastor one church for our ministry.” I had already been a youth pastor at a church of two hundred

What Every Pastor Must Do

June 05, 2012

I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word!

The Gospel at Harvest Reaches New High Water Mark at Easter 2012

April 10, 2012

We are wanting to give God glory for the work He is doing in our church—taking us deeper and further into the joy of His gospel than ever before.   God forbid that I should boast, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. —Galatians 6:14

Garden Tomb: He Arose Victorious

April 09, 2012

“He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead…” —Matthew 28:6-7 Jesus’ rising bodily from the grave changed everything.

Golgotha: He Suffered to the End

April 06, 2012

Following Christ to the Cross, we come to Golgotha—the place where He who knew no sin, became sin on our behalf. Here Jesus suffered more than anywhere else, and here He demonstrated His love to the very end.   It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land

Via Dolorosa: He Suffered Willingly

April 05, 2012

As we continue following the footsteps of Christ, we’re in Jerusalem on the Via Dolorosa—the road of suffering. It is the road that Jesus walked, staggering toward the ultimate sacrifice with a heavy cross upon His torn and bloodied back. So often we try to refuse the trials

Caiaphas’s House: He Suffered Alone

April 04, 2012

We’re on the steps of Caiaphas’s house in Jerusalem—the courtyard of the high priest where the Savior was left alone to endure His trial. As you reflect on Christ’s suffering, remember that we’re following in His steps. If you’ve felt like those you love aren’t there for you, remind yourself that Jesus also suffered—alone.

Antonia Fortress: Christ’s Suffering Continues

April 03, 2012

Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.” —Matthew 27:11   Today we meet at Jerusalem’s Antonia Fortress—

Gethsemane: Are You Totally Surrendered to God?

April 02, 2012

This week is a week like no other, covering the space between the shouts of “Hosanna!” and waving palm branches of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, and His journey to the Cross. Watch the clip below, then pray a prayer of surrender. Give to God whatever burdens you are carrying, in total submission to His will

Walk in the Word Receives the Billy Graham Award

March 02, 2012

We’re excited to share that Walk in the Word was honored as the 2012 recipient the NRB Billy Graham Award for Excellence in Communication. This award was presented during the National Radio Broadcast’s annual convention in Nashville to a Christian organization that effectively and creatively uses multiple electronic media technologies in fulfillment of its mission, …

The Farmer Principle

February 23, 2012

The goal before us in ministry is to finish strong—to persevere. So we can say at the end of our lives, “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith.

Welcome to Harvest

February 16, 2012

When people are looking for a church home, they want insider information—to learn what’s behind the service they’ve just attended and the core values the church is built upon. At Harvest Bible Chapel, those values are known as

Why I Resigned From The Gospel Coalition

January 24, 2012

It seems like almost a decade ago that D.A. Carson came to our church offices in Rolling Meadows, IL, and shared his vision for

Things I Would Change If I Could

January 03, 2012

One more video from the Q and A sessions at the Preach the Word Conference. I trust that you’ll find this content as helpful and hilarious as I did. And I hope you make it a priority to be in a church where

Sermon Prep Methods from Some of the Best

December 28, 2011

I think about the next sermon that’s ahead of me a lot—and I’m often asked about how I prepare a message. That’s why I want you to see this Q & A clip from a Preach the Word Conference held at Greg Laurie’s church.   In it, I am with Greg (one of my best …

Am I a Thankful Person?

November 23, 2011

Like you, my thoughts are turning toward Thanksgiving Day. Turkey, family, football, mashed potatoes, friends, and maybe a nap! Oh, and remembering to thank our great God

Fool! or No Fool?

October 11, 2011

There are seasons of incredible joy in ministry, and there are inevitably seasons where conflict rears its ugly head and needs to be dealt with.  I have come to believe that failure in the season of conflict—failure to deal with it, failure to learn from it, failure to move beyond it—prevents entrance into a new …

On Preaching Notes

September 24, 2011

I’m frequently asked about my preaching notes. In the video below, I explain the logic behind how I structure my notes. I know such things aren’t one size fits all, but hopefully there’s something helpful in there for you.

The Ever Elusive REST…Want It? By God’s Grace I Have It! :)

August 17, 2011

Rest is the God-given capacity to have peace, even when the circumstance that would burden your heart is not resolved.  Okay, this one will be brief, because I believe its power is in its simplicity.

Big Problems with Our Church Leadership??

July 21, 2011

Amazing how quickly a problem in the church can draw conversation and criticism from church members. I thought that headline would attract some readers, but isn’t that kinda sad? How about taking time to read about a pastor who is thrilled with and blessed by the Elders

On Using the Week to Prepare a Sermon

June 28, 2011

God’s Signature

May 24, 2011

Have you ever gotten a glimpse of God’s handwriting? Ever been caught off guard by the revelation that God Almighty is far more visible and near than you have recognized in a long time? That’s where I’ve been lately—undone by the nearness of His glory.

Reflections on The Gospel Coalition Conference

April 18, 2011

Last week our Harvest pastoral staff had a great opportunity and attended together The Gospel Coalition (TGC) Conference in downtown Chicago. When could we ever travel such a short distance to experience so many gifted preachers and workshop leaders in a context of more than 5000 other pastors and church leaders? Wow! A lot of …

Keep Your Eye on the Ball

March 25, 2011

Why Trials?

April 06, 2010

Hey, I am on the road today heading toward the first stop of a bus tour with Walk in the Word. You can follow the trip at WalkintheWord.com/bustour. Please join us at a stop on the tour if you live near one of those cities. Anyway, my message on the tour is about trials. Why …

Can’t Leave Easter Yet

April 05, 2010

“Can’t leave Easter yet. Almost 17,000 worshipers, the Gospel going out with power, and a lot of great singing like this . . .

He Is Risen!

April 01, 2010

Tomorrow we will take some time to remember the amazing sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross through some powerful, yet reflective services at our church. I trust that you will set some time aside do the same. Romans 5:8 says, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, …

Christ on the Cross

March 29, 2010

Hey, let’s do the greatest thing we can do as Christ followers. Yeah, let’s do it together as we approach another Easter. It’s just a few days away, so let’s do it . . . let’s focus on the cross! The cross of Jesus Christ is the signature symbol of the central event in the …

The Way God Speaks

March 25, 2010

I want to talk to you about the ways that we get a word from God, how frequently those different things happen, and how you can test and know that it’s really a word from God. Are you ready? Watch this. You can download the chart in the video at this link or find it …

Ten Churches in Ten Years

March 23, 2010

I have often said that healthy things grow. And back in 1999, Harvest Bible Chapel was really growing. So instead of continuing to add more services, the other Elders of the church and I believed that God gave us a vision to plant 10 churches in 10 years. At the time, that seemed almost unimaginable. …

March Madness Begins!

March 18, 2010

Hey, here’s a look at my bracket for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The games start today. Follow along and see how I do.

Join Our NCAA Tournament Pool For Big Prizes…

March 16, 2010

One of my favorite events on the sporting calendar every year is the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament. Every year since I can remember my friends and family fill out brackets and watch the upsets and buzzer beaters with excitement. The fun part is that you don’t have to know very much to be successful picking …

My Prayer Today

March 15, 2010

This prayer stands the test of time for me. I trust it will meet you where you are in your walk with Christ on this Monday. Original Postdate – 2007 My Prayer Today Here’s a prayer I pray in some way almost every single day. When I don’t, I wish I had. Pray with me …

What Does the Book of Revelation Say to the Church Today?

March 11, 2010

I’m almost half way through the book of Revelation. And in my 21 years at Harvest Bible Chapel, I have never taught through this book before. I have to tell you, I am deeply impacted by this study. What does this book written by John almost 2,000 years ago have to say to the church …

Five Distortions of the Gospel in our Day

March 08, 2010

My oldest son, Luke, sent me a link the other day that quoted A.W. Tozer and James Kennedy (both wonderful Christian leaders in their day). Both men believed that many, if not most, professing believers they encountered around the country were not actually saved. They were deeply troubled by the distortions of the gospel that …

Social Gospel vs Gospel Proclamation

March 04, 2010

What Gospel are you preaching? Are you preaching the true, biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Is Your Church Compelling? Part 1

March 01, 2010

There is a deafening, non-stop discussion in evangelicalism about what the church needs to be (many of the most vocal are those who pastor no one and win very few to our Lord). On and on they pontificate about how church needs to be personally relevant and interesting and meet felt needs. About how it …

God Uses Camp in Students’ Lives

February 25, 2010

Do you send your students to camp? If you don’t, you should. God uses that time away from their regular routines, cell phones, and Facebook to speak to them in a powerful way. They hear His Word and respond to it. Here’s what God did through Camp Harvest in our students’ lives this winter.

Holy Indifference: Learning to Say “I Don’t Care”

February 22, 2010

I was doing an interview for the Chicago Tribune recently regarding Churches Helping Churches. The interviewer asked me if I observed in people a ‘compassion fatigue?’ As it was discussed, I learned that she meant the condition of caring so much about so many things that you are dulled in your capacity to care at …

A Speech That Could Save Tiger Woods

February 19, 2010

My good friend and Walk in the Word board member Mark DeMoss wrote this great statement imagining the best possible outcome for Tiger Woods’ public statement today.  It should not surprise us that pagans don’t know how to repent, but it does shock me that they don’t get the elements of true remorse right even …

God Makes It Happen

February 18, 2010

Salvation, biblically speaking, is four things. Take a look at this clip from a recent message to see what they are. It is God Who makes it happen.

Haiti Updates

February 15, 2010

Hey, Mark Driscoll and I are on the phone almost every day putting together the plan to strategically utilize the funds that have been flowing into Churches Helping Churches. Keep in mind that our long term goal is 10,000 churches in America taking up a ‘love offering’ for any war torn, or disaster devastated area …

Encouragement: Lives Changed by the Gospel

February 11, 2010

Hey: Thanks for coming back to this blog again and again; our audience is really growing. One of the things I want to accomplish here is to encourage pastors to keep “preaching the Word.” Popular today is the notion that to really reach people you have to some how ‘get beyond the Bible.’ We have …

Starving Saints

February 09, 2010

It’s all true. Everywhere I go I hear it. Like a tragedy as visual as the starving peoples of sub-Saharan Africa, the saints in North America are starving. Most followers of Jesus Christ attend churches where the content of the message is geared toward wooing worldlings with watered down content that won’t offend. “Keep them …

Is It Soup Yet?

February 04, 2010

A lot of well-meaning people respond to what they think is the Gospel, but sometimes they don’t have the whole story. Are all of the essential ingredients in your Gospel presentation?

Jesus Will Return

February 01, 2010

I am leading my church family through the New Testament book of Revelation this year called “The Revelation of Jesus Christ: Learning to Hope in the King and the Kingdom.” We started last fall and we’re going verse by verse, week by week through this final book in the book God wrote. Now that we …

Haiti Update

January 28, 2010

Hey, you know that my heart and mind are on the people of Haiti these days. Here’s a five minute update that I gave to our church family at Harvest Bible Chapel last weekend on what God is doing through the ministry of Churches Helping Churches.

Who Will Help the Church?

January 21, 2010

Earlier this week, Pastor Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Church in Seattle and I were in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to assess the needs of the church in there. Check out this video footage of what we saw. Will you help the church? Go to ChurchesHelpingChurches.com.

Helping the Church in Haiti

January 16, 2010

Think of it. Right now, as you read this, men are weeping, as their wives wander through the streets of Haiti. Children are crouching in shivering fear as people stand stunned and staring in disbelief at the remains of what they once called their home. The world is racing to help these people in unimaginable …

Large Churches vs. Small Churches

January 11, 2010

Hey, I know that sometimes the size of your church can be a source of encouragement or discouragement to you. I want to encourage you with what I think about the size of a church. Here is a recent teaching about Jesus comments to the faithful church in Philadelphia from Revelation 3:8. Do you agree …

Remembering Roy

January 07, 2010

It’s hard for me to start a new year without thinking of the phone call that I received in the early hours of 2005 about one of the founding Elders of Harvest Bible Chapel. Let me tell you about a man who was gripped by Jesus Christ, my friend, Roy Gromke.

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