Church Journeys: Clear Communication Matters

I often make observations about the churches I visit. Being at Calvary Church in Westlake inspired me to encourage you as you think about connecting with and communicating to those in your congregation and beyond.
north american church

Love Where You Live: Evangelism in Disorienting Times

It would be a mistake to view the decline of cultural Christianity in North America as signaling the decline of Christianity as a whole. Nevertheless, the North American church does have unique challenges to confront.
mission

Love Where You Live: Understanding the Mission

When we talk about the missio Dei (Latin for “mission of God”), we are referring to God’s grand effort to reconcile all of creation to himself through the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ.
word and sacrament

Church Planting in the Anglican Tradition– 20 Truths From ‘Word and Sacrament’

Here are 20 insights from my friend Canon Dan Alger's new book, "Word and Sacrament: Ancient Traditions for Modern Church Planting."
evangelism

Preach the Gospel at All Times — And Use Words

Christians, evangelicals included, seem to love evangelism, as long as someone else is doing it. It’s time for all of us to start preaching our good news again.
preaching

Preaching Sermons That Engage Your People and Make an Impact

Preaching is a vital component of Christian worship. In preaching, we proclaim God's Word, calling unbelievers to repentance and faith and believers to spiritual growth.
church security

Church Security: How Do We Keep Our Churches Safe in Today’s America?

As we remember that our hope is secure in God, we must also think through how to keep our people safe. The Nashville shooting is a painful reminder of that.
Grace Ambassador: Bringing Heaven on Earth

20 Truths From ‘Grace Ambassador: Bringing Heaven on Earth’

My friend John Jackson has a new book out. Titled "Grace Ambassador: Bringing Heaven on Earth," Here are 20 key takeaways.
culture of life

A Culture of Life Requires More Than Just Changed Laws

One of the greatest challenges confronting pastors is speaking against a culture that fails to see the irony of defending the marginalized by killing the unborn. 
pandemic

Pandemic, Migration, and Mission: Hope Moving Forward

The following is the fourth and final installment in a four-piece series containing excerpts from contributing chapter called “Impact of the Pandemic on Missions in North America.” In this final piece, I provide some concluding insights and a call for how to move forward from the pandemic.