By Bishop Scott J. Jones –  Serving Christ with biblical faithfulness, intellectual integrity, and cultural relevance has become increasingly difficult in my lifetime. Nevertheless, I can repeat with joy the words of the apostle Paul: “I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith.” […]

Scriptural Preaching

By Joy Moore –  Preaching scriptural holiness means being unashamed in a post-theistic world to say there is a God. God is here. And wherever God is, there is life. There is hope because there is newness. Our job is not to start a revival. Our job is to be those who are revived, because […]

Messy Grace

By Leah Hidde-Gregory – I am the woman at the well. Don’t worry, I haven’t been married five times – but it would not have mattered to Jesus if I had been because his grace is just that messy. My story is a bit messy. It didn’t start out that way. I was born and […]

Where are we Going?

By Bishop Mike Lowry – A legend arises out of the mist of early Christian lore of a crucial turning point in the life of the infant church which merits reflection on this occasion. Like most legends it carries a core kernel of truth. So compelling is the story that it was made into an […]

Contending for the Faith

By Madeline Henners – God has deepened and strengthened within me the conviction that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. It’s the truth that transcends all nations, all generations, all denominations. The truth of Christ is something to earnestly contend for and eagerly seek with all your heart. The Lord called me […]

Editing out the Hard Verses

By David F. Watson – The idea that there are parts of the biblical canon that we need to disregard is nothing new. It’s a theme we’ve seen again and again through Christian history. And every time it’s been a mistake. I get it, though. I understand the impulse to act like those parts of […]

Africa Will Keep Faith

By Bishop Kasap Owan – The meaning of the cross is to bring us closer to God. The meaning of the cross is to reconcile us with God. Origen, an early church father, says the gift of God is Jesus himself. Because Jesus Christ is the gift of God given to us, he was on […]

Hope’s Prisoner

By Christine Caine – Hope is unshakeable confidence in God. It doesn’t deny the reality of our pain, but it does give us a life beyond our pain. It gives us permission to believe in a new beginning. It is the happy and confident expectation of good that lifts our spirits and dares us to […]

Should we Abandon the Old Testament?

By David F. Watson – As Christianity continues its numeric decline in the West, we in the church rightly look for ways to reverse this trend. In this new book, Irresistible: Reclaiming the New That Jesus Unleashed for the World (Zondervan, 2018), Andy Stanley offers a diagnosis for our decline, along with several solutions. For […]

Joyous News

By Max Wilkins – “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:11-12, NRSV) “Please see me before you […]