10 Pointers for Young Preachers

Sage advice from one pastor to younger ones

Do not journey alone. Preaching is often a lonely ministry. Prayerfully pursue mentors and prayer partners who can speak into your life. Find a string of Bible read-through partners and chase God together in His Word. Have a lifelong conversation with God. There are too many technically capable and theologically informed preachers that have no meaningful relationship... Continue Reading

When Your Church Is In Trouble: Tell The Truth, Face The Future

If I’ve prayerfully and honestly assessed the state of my church and how it got here, how do I move forward with my congregation?

The vision of the future must be clear, which is why leaders who know “what time it is” organizationally will be relentless in the pursuit of clarity, both for themselves and the people they lead. Without clarity regarding changes, people will disagree on the direction, perhaps due to confusion or questions about the necessity of... Continue Reading

American Bible Society Will Depart New York for Center City Philadelphia

The American Bible Society will give up its tony Broadway address for one in Philadelphia's historic district.

The American Bible Society has about 270 employees and about 200 volunteers worldwide, according to a 2012 financial report. That year, the society had a $9 million deficit on a $92 million operating budget. Its total assets, not including its building, are valued at $491 million, according to its 990 filing from 2012.   The... Continue Reading

Christian Lawyers And Doctors Need Not Apply

It has become a scary time to be a Christian professional in Canada

“This direct attack on Christian lawyers is meant to create a chilling effect in the legal profession. Lawyers who work for law firms seeking to do business with these corporations will hesitate, and perhaps even be barred from voicing their religious and moral beliefs, or for acting for religious clients in human rights cases dealing... Continue Reading

Buyer Beware: The Value of Near-Death Accounts

Religious hucksterism is not a new phenomenon. From Sinclair Lewis’ Elmer Gantry to televangelist Jim Bakker to some proponents of the Prosperity Gospel, fictional and real life examples abound.

The colossal sales of books about near-death experiences attest that many people desire to go to heaven and are curious about what the afterlife will entail. Despite the revelation that Malarkey invented his son’s story, millions will undoubtedly continue to find near-death accounts to be captivating, inspiring, and reassuring. Nevertheless, for Christians, the teachings of... Continue Reading

Nine Observations About Announcements in Worship Services

To have or not to have announcements in the worship services?

Pastors also receive pressure from different groups and individuals to make certain their announcements are made. Most every church member has his or her own idea about priorities in the church. One pastor recently told me that a church member got mad at him because he did not announce that the member’s daughter was named salutatorian of... Continue Reading

Apologetics: Two Reasons Not to Use When Sharing Your Faith

Your experience of the living Jesus and the internal claims of Scripture may be true and meaningful–but, when it comes to showing your faith, neither one is particularly helpful.

Do I believe the Bible to be God’s inspired Word? Certainly! But remember: the Christian faith is not only known but also shown. We’re called not only to know what we believe but also to be able to show reasons why our beliefs are true… When it comes to the people to whom we’re sharing the gospel, if the... Continue Reading

The Mormon View of Salvation: A Gospel That Is Truly Impossible

Salvation comes through Christ’s work on the cross; it’s about what He did for us. Mormonism places an oppressive burden squarely on what people must do.

Forgiveness of sins provides the Christian peace that passes all understanding. By using the approach we’ve presented here, you will be challenging the Mormon to explain why Christians should surrender their assurance of forgiveness for something that the Mormons only wish they had.   A doorstep encounter with missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ... Continue Reading

Top 50 Stories on The Aquila Report for 2014: 1-10

Numbers 1-10 of top 50 articles for 2014

In keeping with the journalistic tradition of looking back at the recent past, we present the top 50 stories of the year read on The Aquila Report. That’s easy for us to determine – we just count the hits! We will present the 50 stories in groups of 10 to run and the five lists... Continue Reading

What Would Jesus Say to Someone Like Leelah Alcorn?

What to say to a 17-year-old high school student who apparently committed suicide after a difficult journey with confusion over gender identity

It is heart-wrenching to know that a young person was so overwhelmed with pain that their only response was to stop living. That should mean something. Whether you’re LBGT, Christian, liberal, conservative, religious or otherwise—we are humans and a tragedy like this should lead us to stop, weep, pray, and take notice. For me, it made me... Continue Reading