Missionary Died Thinking He was a Failure; 84 Years Later Thriving Churches Found Hidden in the Jungle
In 2010, a team led by Eric Ramsey with Tom Cox World Ministries made a shocking and sensational discovery. They found a network of reproducing churches hidden like glittering diamonds in the dense jungle across the Kwilu River from Vanga, where Dr. Leslie was stationed.
They spent 17 years at Vanga, but their service ended on a rocky note. “Dr. Leslie had a relational falling out with some of the tribal leaders and was asked not to come back,” Ramsey says. “They reconciled later; there were apologies and forgiveness, but it didn’t end like he hoped.” “His goal was to spread... Continue Reading
The Testing Room
My faith was being tested, and I needed to look to the Lord. I needed to pass the test in the testing room.
The Lord is with me. He had not abandoned me. He had not abandoned GraceAnna or our son. God is sovereign. He put me in this closet. He had put GraceAnna in the surgery room. He had prepared us for this moment. And He was with us. I realized that all I could do in... Continue Reading
Oh America, Plead with Your God
Thomas Hooker on National Judgment
Hooker called on his countrymen to turn back to God by parting from their rebellious ways and pleading with God not to depart. It is not gold, wealth, and prosperity “that makes God to be their God.” But it is God’s ordinances that bring his presence. Hooker called people to right worship and to find... Continue Reading
The Prayer Life of Stonewall Jackson
As Jackson grew older and matured in the faith, those who knew Jackson best realized that he never decided his daily affairs without seeking the Lord.
It was the General’s dream to have a Christian praying army. While such a notion was not possible, we can only awe in reverence to the idea. Imagine the sight of an opposing army committed and engaged in prayer, ready to battle its enemy forces. Such a thought should tremble our souls and provide comfort... Continue Reading
Become a Theological Myth Buster
Review: ‘Urban Legends of Theology’ by Michael Wittmer.
‘Urban Legends of Theology’ is a profoundly useful book for a wide audience. Pastors and seasoned saints can, like I have, become overconfident that they wouldn’t fall prey to urban legends, especially if they’ve spent years in theological study. This book can also serve the church well as an early introduction to theological thinking. Newer... Continue Reading
Efficiency in Churches
Churches should take money seriously, but they should do so based on Biblical ideas of stewardship rather than modern ones of efficiency.
Discipleship is inefficient. It’s slow, it’s messy, it can involve going the wrong way for large periods of time, it’s painful, and it always involves suffering. Berry argues that we have come to understand nature to engage in production rather than work in cycles. Churches don’t ‘produce’ anything, but I think if we think of... Continue Reading
Meet the Real Luther: Table Talk
Table Talk is a collection of Luther’s sayings amongst his friends.
Luther is most known for bringing Reformation light to the Church through faithful doctrine. How better could God demonstrate that than by using a man like Luther to proclaim it? Seeing all these flaws, against the backdrop of such grace, is cause to realize this truth. God truly justifies the ungodly, lifts them up as... Continue Reading
Aelred of Rievaulx – A Theologian of Love
Friendship is an aspect of this love, a participation in God’s love, which leads us to Him. Aelred applies this view to all aspects of life, including all social and political interactions.
As it is often the case with medieval saints (and others in our varied Christian past), we might not agree with everything Aelred wrote. He has been accused of being vague on some issues and unduly soft on others. But his teachings on love and friendship are pastoral and thought-provoking, and his prayers are moving... Continue Reading
Coach to Return to High School Football Field After 7-Year Court Battle Over Prayer There
The Supreme Court, which heard arguments in the case, ruled in Kennedy’s favor in June 2022.
Now, Kennedy is inviting all Americans to join him Sept. 1 and take a knee to celebrate a national night of prayer. Kennedy’s story of faith and determination captured the attention of the nation and compelled the football coach to write a book sharing his story and explaining why he chose to spend years in and... Continue Reading
My Coldest Night and Warmest Truth
I would always remember that God is good.
People often tell me not to let the death of my brother define me. While I would not have his death be the only thing someone knows about me, it is inevitable that it had changed me. That cold night was one where I experienced something I would not wish on my worst enemy. But there... Continue Reading