Psalm 86: A Pattern for Prayer

Psalm 86: A Pattern for Prayer

As a pastor for decades now, I have received and heard many prayer requests. Most of these requests fall into three categories: physical health, finances, and relationships.With the physical, we are asking God for healing or protection from illness. With the...
What Does It Mean to be Apostolic?

What Does It Mean to be Apostolic?

What does the word “apostolic” really mean? What are we trying to say when we use it?If you have been around ministry long enough, you have probably heard it used as a way to exert authority over others.But just because it has sometimes been wrongly used does not mean...
What Is Christian Leadership?

What Is Christian Leadership?

Turn on the news, scroll through social media, or read a book, and it won’t take long to encounter someone’s opinion on what Christian leadership should look like. Whether people know the Bible or not, most individuals have a clear view—whether correct or incorrect—of...
Structures for Expansion

Structures for Expansion

Throughout church history, we have seen contractions (the church grows smaller whether through persecution, cultural pressures, geographical shifts, etc.) followed by expansions (the church grows larger, usually to a much greater size than before the contraction).To...
How to Fight the Fight of Faith

How to Fight the Fight of Faith

When Deborah and I started vocational ministry in the early 1980s, we didn’t know much and we had almost no training, but we were taught how to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12). My generation of church planters and campus missionaries generally...
Leadership & Politics

Leadership & Politics

In the last few years, it seems like the world has experienced a deepening polarization in politics. In the two countries where I spend the majority of my time—the Philippines and the US—recent elections have been increasingly controversial, dividing people into...