Quote: All Christians Equally Engaged in the Work

“How often I have felt humiliated by the fulsome laudation expressed of foreign missionaries by friends in the home land, and I have longed for the time when all Christian workers at home and abroad shall stand on a level as disciples of a common Master and equally engaged in His service. A soldier sent […]

Quote: Restoring the Ordinary Believer’s Dignity

“It is imperative that we invite the entire congregation up to the same level of ministry as the clergy. We must restore the ordinary believer’s dignity. Either the average church member’s work is as important as the clergy’s, as Scripture reports, or it is not; we can’t have it both ways. If the congregation’s ministry […]

Guidelines for Ministry

Below are some things that Teri and I wrote out several years ago as we prepared to come to Ireland to do ministry.  I am not sure what prompted it or where all the ideas came from, but I think that many of them would be good for us to live by now in our […]

10 Marks of An Effective Church

I read the following by Dave Early on “10 Marks of an Effective Church” looking at the book of Acts to see what made the church of Antioch effective: Effective Evangelism (Acts 11:19-20) Multicultural Outreach and Appeal (Acts 11:19) Evidence of God’s Presence and Pleasure (Acts 11:21-23) Godly Leadership (Acts 11:24, 13:2) Visible Growth and […]

The Church Like a Football Team

This illustration comes from here. Imagine that we are TV sportscasters standing on the sidelines of a football game to give the play-by-play. Scene #1: The team nearest us is standing together, heads bowed in prayer, with the coach in the center. Suddenly they give a great cheer, and the coach trots out onto the […]

The Church – An Army

Great quote from the World Evangelism Quote of the Day by BCWE.org: “We ought to regard the Christian Church, not as a luxurious hostelry where Christian gentlemen may each dwell at his ease in his own inn but as a barracks in which soldiers are gathered together to be drilled and trained for war. We […]

A Fun-Filled Youth Ministry

source Is your youth ministry Bible-focused or fun-focused? It’s easy to focus more on making the youth group funthan on making it biblical. I’m all for having a good time with students in the right context, but we have a much higher calling. How easy it is to fall into the trap of spending more time planning silliness […]

Girl Takes a Stand at School

I was very blessed by this story from Alan Campbell about a young lady who took a real stand at her school.  I hope that teenagers and adults alike will be encouraged by her story: A young girl who comes to our Youth Club and Bible Study at Ford Mission has been having a difficult time at […]

I Have Never Been So Honored

Sunday night, January 3, our home church, Vision Baptist Church, had a blessing service for us.  I had never been a part of a “blessing service”, but it was the most honored that we have ever been.  I preached a short message, and then the church proceeded to bless us in a tremendous way. During […]