repentance

Whatever Happened to Repentance?

Repentance.   It’s a word that is largely absent as I’ve listened to prospective church members share their testimonies with me over the last decade.  They mention sin, separation from God, the atoning work of Christ and the subsequent forgiveness it brings, but largely leave repentance out of their stories regarding their “conversion” experience. I’ve even heard some church leaders speak …

Diversity

Diversity and Unity in the Gospel

Growing up, I had the privilege of living in West Berlin, Germany during the Cold War (1981-1986).  While in Berlin, my family attended Berlin Baptist Church, an international church whose members came from England, Lebanon, Vietnam, Indonesia, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia, Germany, and Cambodia.  Being a part of such a diverse body of believers. taught me two important lessons. First, I …

5 Things I Learned from Billy Graham

The first time I heard Rev. Billy Graham preach the gospel I was fifteen years old.  I went with my parents and members of our church to an arena in Washington, D.C. for one of his crusades.  Although I did not surrender to the gospel that night, I heard the gospel in a way that I could clearly understand it.  …