I Smell Hell!

It is said that the American evangelist, Peter Cartwright (1785-1872), would pronounce these words when he arrived in a new town to preach: “I smell Hell!” And, much like the other revivalists of his era, he would find a place to set up and he would preach to whomever would listen. And indeed, people would… Read More

Evangelism and Discipleship: And/Both not Either/Or

“Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and stay on with all of you for your advancement and joy of the faith.” (Philippians 1:25) Here is a significant idea that is often missed in the life of the church and even of believers. We have been impressed so strongly with the call to… Read More

Pursuing the Gospel, not Self

“Now, I want you to know, brothers, that which has happened to me is rather for the advancement of the Gospel;” (Philippians 1:12) Paul’s focus here and always is on the advancement of the Gospel. He is willing to suffer anything and lose everything, and still call it good, so long as the Gospel goes… Read More

“All the peoples must strike their hand! Cry aloud with a voice of jubilation!” (Psalm 47:2 {verse 1 in English Translations})   And the psalm of celebration begins! First of all, notice to whom this command is being uttered. It is not just to the people around the throne of God nor is it just… Read More

A Public Witness

“And so, when the servant of Abraham heard their words he bowed down in worship to Yahweh.” (Genesis 24:52)   Take notice at how many times this servant praises or worships God for his provision and for his grace. That is a fabulous thing, but is it not convicting to us? How often we neglect… Read More

The Church as Blessing in the Midst of a Pagan World

“And the Sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying, ‘Hear us, my lord, you are a prince of God in our midst; in the choice of our graves bury your dead. Not one of us will withhold his grave from you for the burial of your dead.” (Genesis 23:5-6)   At the onset, the offer that… Read More

We have a Stronghold in the God of Jacob

“Yaheweh Tsabaoth is with us; A high stronghold for us is the God of Jacob. Selah!” (Psalm 46:8 {verse 7 in English})   What a wonderful statement the psalmist makes. This is the kind of statement that ought to be set in stone on our patios and stenciled on our walls. It should be the… Read More

Bread and Circuses

Let me paint a picture for you of a culture where the Senate ruled over the people and the “commoners” had little say over what laws were enacted in the land. The culture that I am describing was one where many flocked to the cities of jobs, though they would only earn poverty level wages.… Read More

The Culture Wars

In Christian circles, we talk a lot about the culture wars and at least vaguely, I think, most people have some sense of what is meant by that. As we look around us, the western culture has grown more secular and less markedly “Christian” as a whole and the culture war is the crusade that… Read More

Playing Dominoes in Ukraine

I spent about half an hour the other day playing a game of two-on-two Dominoes with several of my Ukrainian students. The game was the basic game that I had played as a child, though it has been many years since I had played, and it was fairly easy to follow the progression even though… Read More

Turning the Model Around: Mentoring Evangelism

For about 5 years I have been teaching High School students how important it is to have a mentor and how to go about seeking someone to mentor them. We talk about setting goals, knowing what you would like to achieve, and about looking for a man or woman who has achieved those goals already… Read More

Angry with God’s Mercy (Jonah 4:1)

“And it was evil to Jonah—a great evil—and he burned over it.”  (Jonah 4:1)   In case you hadn’t noticed Jonah’s attitude toward the Ninevites by his lackluster sermon in Nineveh, the true feelings of our wayward prophet come out as we move to the final chapter of this story.  Most of our English versions… Read More

Exhortation: Evangelize

“Now, show mercy to those who doubt; save others, snatching them from the fire; show mercy mixed with fear, hating even the garment stained by corrupted flesh.” (Jude 22-23)   Jude’s guide for evangelism:  Jude moves on to exhort us to make our faith active with an outward expression of faith.   Now, there are some… Read More

Praise Yahweh–All the Nations!

“Praise Yahweh, all ye nations! Laud him, all ye tribes! For his chesed is mighty over us, and the truth of Yahweh is eternal! Praise Yahweh! (Psalm 117:1-2)               How greatly our God blesses his people!  How wonderful is our God’s faithfulness throughout the generations!  How our God has given us so much more—abundantly… Read More