Ministerial Platforms, Self-Praise, and Self-Glory
John the Baptist understood that he was just meant to prepare the way and stay out of the way. He was merely a pointer and not the point.
Someone rightly said, “If all people see is you and your efforts to build a platform, then you are stealing the show.” The clamour for people’s attention in a minister should be of concern. With the rise of social media, the temptation is ever real. Where does one draw the line? On the one hand, it... Continue Reading
Good Authority Submits
It’s hard to say it loud enough: good authorities submit. If you cannot listen and follow, you should not lead.
A leader who doesn’t view himself as being inside an accountability structure effectively becomes a law unto himself. He teaches everyone under him to fear him, when it’s only God whom we should fear. Loyalty to a leader is indeed a good thing, but good loyalty is loyalty to his leadership under God and anyone else... Continue Reading
Why Are They Sad? The Loneliest Time of Year
As sure as fall gave way to winter, winter will give way to spring. Though we weep now, the Lord will in His time wipe away all our tears.
We followers of Christ are not exempt from sorrow, grief, sadness, and heaviness. Jesus himself wept. He wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41) and wept at the death of his beloved friend Lazarus (John 11:35). He was distraught at the loneliness he would endure on the cross. The thought of the suffering he would bear brought... Continue Reading
Merry Christmas from The Aquila Report Staff
Merry Christmas from the staff of The Aquila Report
May King Jesus rule in your heart and grant you God’s peace. Romans 5:1 Merry Christmas from The Aquila Report Staff
A Survey of Presbyterian Mission History in Africa, Whytock, 2023
This book will be an important resource for studies of not only missions, but also Christianity in Africa. The West is in some ways as ignorant of Africa as the nineteenth century missionaries that entered its unknown regions.
A Presbyterian missionary to Africa told me several years ago that Africa is large with peoples of many cultures and languages distributed over its varied topography that provides a spectrum of climates from Cape Town to Casablanca to Cairo. Africa is a mission field that is complex with unique challenges. The nearly 800 pages of... Continue Reading
What Is So Difficult About Being a Pastor?
In no other job are you required to go from studying an ancient document to counseling someone who just got cancer, to leading a board room meeting, to writing a public speech, to burying a dead person, all in the same day.
The Spirit must descend and produce new birth. Pastors are primed to long for the Holy Spirit. Every day, they are being backed further and further into the corner of God’s sovereignty, where they realize that they are weak, fearful, trembling, unpersuasive, and unwise (1 Cor 2:3-4). Many will dig a hole in the ground,... Continue Reading
Prison Bars & Rental Cars
I had the honor of teaching a class of sophomores in an accredited college program in a prison near Houston.
It’s a journey that can begin from anywhere, but, no matter where it is entered, it always leads to the same place, to the same person. He’s the way, the truth, and the life. I had to go to prison to be reminded of the joy of knowing Jesus. That’s really what I learned from... Continue Reading
Keeping Kids Safe
We are not to be passive in our engagement with injustice, danger, mistreatment, and evil.
Knowing good from evil and right from wrong is primary. Safety skills flow from that foundation. Safety skills are a fruit of the way we parent our children. This is important to emphasize, because if we raise children who have been shielded from the worst perils of this world but do not walk with the... Continue Reading
The Amazing Plan of God
We can glean much instruction from Paul's response to his imprisonment.
Paul was given a captive audience who otherwise would never have listened. It could be that God has placed someone specifically in your life for the sole purpose of hearing the gospel from you. Paul’s imprisonment impacted his followers as they became emboldened by his example. An arrest that was meant to silence and intimidate actually... Continue Reading
REVOLT: 85% of Anglican Leaders Reject Head Bishop of the 3rd-Largest Christian Denomination
Leaders at the Global Anglican Future Conference signed the Kigali Commitment, condemning Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s defense of blessings for same-sex couples as blasphemy.
The Kigali Commitment upholds biblical sexual morality while affirming that “every person is loved by God” and opposing “the vilification or demeaning of any person, including those who do not follow God’s ways.” As the commitment states, it is “unloving” to “mislead people by pretending that God blesses sexually active relationships between two people of... Continue Reading