Clean, unclean, washed in His blood

“I only do massages,” Angie* told me a few months ago. She told me that she used to work for a “clean” massage parlor. “Do you know what I mean by that?” she asked me. I nodded, slowly. The massage parlor she where she works now isn’t a clean parlor. Angie said many of the…

If we are the body

“A church is just a building if there’s no one in it.” I think, many times, in the West we associate church with the building and not the people. The church is the body of Christ- not the building they meet in. The church is the men, women and children sitting crossed-legged on cold tile…

prayers for the persecuted

I recently read the testimony of a believer who experienced tremendous persecution. He was beaten for being a Christian and nearly lost his life. He’s experienced what it means to suffer for Christ. I can’t even imagine. Platt’s book, “Radical,” that I’ve referenced several times, encourages us to pray for the entire world as part…

Transforming church

I’m not involved in a rural church in America, so my reading Shannon O’Dell’s book, “Transforming Church in Rural America” may seems a little strange.

But, many of O’Dell’s themes and messages can be applied to ministry overseas as well as to rural churches in America.

In my ministry, I need to have calling, vision, attitude, leadership, understanding and excellence. These same elements are needed in churches all around the world.

Many people believe that mega-churches are the only way to go. God seems to be with large churches.

The Voice

I’ve always enjoyed reading different versions of the Bible. It gives you a fresh perspective. I think it causes different passages of Scriptures to stand out. The Bible verses I’ve read so many times have new meaning in different translations. I am currently reading “The Voice New Testament.” It’s a retelling/translation of the New Testament…