Stories from the Road (Part 3)

You’ll never guess what Cindy and I received during the pastors conferences in October. At one of the sites near the end of our journey, a member of the congregation turned to us and asked, “Do you want a big, stuffed unicorn?” I looked at my wife as her eyes

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Tragedy at Tree of Life

Over the past weeks, I’ve been encouraging pastors and servant leaders to think theologically. As storms rage in the culture, as rhetoric rises to a fever pitch, as we become confused by daunting questions about the Christian’s role in our swiftly changing and dangerous society, and as our hearts break

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Stories from the Road (Part 2)

Who would have thought that the Confessions and my visits with servants of Jesus around the district would teach me this profound truth: “This little Gospel light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine!” The preface to the Book

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LIVING FEARLESSLY: Filled With Purpose

In 1955, Rev. Harry Fricke composed these words: “In fervent gratitude for the Savior’s dying love and His blood-bought gift of redemption we dedicate ourselves to Him with all that we are and have; and in obedience to His call for workers in the harvest fields, we pledge Him our

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Stories from the Road

One week of adventure traversing the great state of Texas has taught me something about our Texas District: Every ministry is a story of the Gospel; every person can be Jesus’ story of grace. My visits reminded me of the faith “hall of fame” in Hebrews chapter 11: “And what

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LIVING FEARLESSLY: Facing New Seasons

What is striking fear in your heart these days? You may remember Jesus’ parable of the talents in Matthew chapter 25: A wealthy business owner entrusted his employees with treasure. Two of the employees invested the treasure, but one was filled with fear and buried the treasure in order to

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Firmly Standing, Boldly Sending

The Apostle Paul encourages Timothy saying, “But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry,” 2 Tim. 4:5 Even though all Christians are to be witnesses to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus, not all are given the gift of the evangelist. The

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