We had the privilege of hosting Josh Hunt for our mid winter Sunday Morning Bible Study leadership conference. The emphasis on investing and building relationships is the key to reaching our society today. If you have not had the opportunity to have Josh Hunt in your church or attend one of his conferences, make plans to involve your leadership. His concepts will make a difference in your thinking about how simple it really is to reach out to people.
Josh Hunt believes in the power of the small group ministry in your church. And, his belief is contagious. In his new book, Make My Group Grow, Josh presents sound application to easy to understand research that will benefit every size and style of church. Your groups and leadership will benefit from this book.
Josh Hunt’s book should be read by all who are looking for new ways to reach people.
I read about a woman who locked her keys in her car in a rough neighborhood. She tried a coat hanger to break into her car, but she couldn’t get that to work. Finally, she prayed, “God, send me somebody to help me.” Five minutes later, a rusty old car pulled up. A...read more
One of the many things I love about Logos Bible Software is the deep discounts on books. There are other benefits—the ability to do complex searches, and the ability to copy and paste into a sermon or other document being two of the big ones. But the deep discounts on...read more
The Bible tells us several specific things about the nature of our enemy. THE DEVIL IS INVISIBLE Satan doesn’t look like a terrible monster or dark cloud and tempt you or make you angry. In fact, he does what he can to disguise himself and make himself invisible so he...read more
In 1993, this statement gained prominent and popular attention when Newsweek magazine devoted an entire issue to homosexuality and scientific studies. They reviewed the work of Simon LeVay, a professed homosexual, who set out to prove the biological basis of...read more
When it comes to understanding biblical teaching about the role of women in the church, there seems to be danger on every side. First, there is the danger of controversy. Few issues have brought more division in recent years than the role of women in the church....read more
I’d like to offer an apology to the homosexual community. As a follower of Jesus, I want to state as clearly as I can to any homosexual reading these words that I regret the treatment you have received from people who claim to be my brothers and sisters in Christ. I...read more
Some people say, “Oh, I don’t believe in the devil.” Satan loves to hear that! The devil loves it when people refuse to believe in him. That means he is totally camouflaged and covered by their lack of belief. That means he can come in under the radar, totally...read more
The speed takes your breath away! Never in the history of the world has a culture and its values concerning sexuality shifted as fast or as drastically as they have in America in the last fifty years. I’m not saying there hasn’t been immorality far worse or equivalent...read more
It is at this point that we see the emergence of situational ethics, which became an important foundation for future change. I remember, from when I was nine or ten years old, my own mother’s frustration with this new school of thought. She worked as a guidance...read more
Is there a more misquoted verse in the Bible than Philippians 4:13? I don’t think there is. I think people want to apply that to everything. A Christian businessman might say, “I’m going to be a CEO. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Well, that’s...read more
If you are old enough, you may remember a time when the difference between right and wrong was clearly understood in America. Even those who committed criminal acts did so in spite of knowing better. Up until the beginning of the last half-century, all of recorded...read more
I knew from the look on the nurse’s face that something was wrong. As soon as she removed the bandages, she abruptly said, “I’ll get the doctor.” With that, she whirled around and hurried from the room. Her words were not unusual. The tone in which she spoke them and...read more
Are the differences between men and women facts or fictions? My two-year-old daughter offers me a barrette to put in my hair. I politely decline. “Barrettes are for girls,” I say. “Boys and daddies don’t wear barrettes.” Am I simply making this up, or am I reflecting...read more
Do you realize that the largest generation with the greatest amount of resources in the history of the United States is now in retirement: the baby boomers. And many of them are wasting their best years, living for themselves. Is that you? Don’t waste your retirement....read more
The Bible clearly teaches two things about evil: You have a powerful enemy, and he has a name. For years some people have talked about God in general terms. He’s their Higher Power, the Force, or the Man Upstairs. The truth is, good has a name, and His name is God....read more
The millions of changed lives in the last two thousand years argue, experientially, that Jesus is alive, and is who He says He is. There is something very powerful about a personal testimony. Even in Jesus’ day we hear of a man born blind who was given his sight by...read more
We all know that both good and evil exist in our world. We are taught from early childhood that some things are bad, and some are good. We are taught as children that we need to develop an ability to distinguish between good and evil. As we grow up, we are cautioned...read more
For many parts of the western church, hospitality got lost in the eighteenth century. People were having trouble finding it for several centuries before then, but it disappeared as a significant moral practice in the 1700s. Strangers were still cared for, but...read more
Next, we clarify our mission. We remind one another that we are commanded by Jesus to make disciples of all people groups. So we ask: “What people and place do we believe God is collectively sending us to this year? Who do we hope to see become followers of Jesus...read more
A little boy strutting through the backyard, baseball cap in place, toting ball and bat, was overheard talking to himself. “I’m the greatest hitter in the world.” Then he tossed the ball into the air, swung at it and missed. “Strike one!” Undaunted he picked up the...read more