What does it mean to operate in faith? How do believers function in the economy of the Kingdom? This is a question that I’ve been grappling with for several years.
I used to think if I read enough theology, I’d get immense faith. But that's not how this works. Biblical knowledge is beneficial, but abiding-trust is about more than the acquisition of information. Knowledge doesn’t automatically put you on the pathway of power.
In other instances, I imagined that if I interceded lo...Read More
Looking back on my late childhood and early adolescence, I grappled with the legitimacy of spiritual realities. I presume I watched too many episodes of “Scooby Doo.” Every time they witnessed an extraordinary phenomenon, it turned out to be “Old man Robinson” or another shyster in a costume. Spiritual existences were always a hoax.
Throughout my childhood, people assured me that monsters weren’t real. Although witnessing shadowy forms moving through my bedroom, my family insisted tha...Read More
While ministering in Southeast Missouri, I spotted a man grappling with a cane. I felt an immediate leading from the Lord to minister to him.
After worship ended, I got up and introduced myself. I told the audience what I hoped the Lord would accomplish in the service. I called out the man and inquired about his legs.
He wasn’t particularly cooperative, but I got him to share about his accident. I asked if he would let me pray for him. He hesitantly complied, but declared, “I...Read More
There’s a criticism heard in Christian circles. Some optimists are scorned—derided as “preterists.” This seemingly dismissive label is derived from the word "praeter," a Latin term meaning “past.”
Those who believe in the fulfillment of biblical prophecies are called preterists. This interpretive lens tends to clash with the futuristic orientation of many churchgoers.
Let’s face it, Evangelical identity is entangled in futurism. Multitudes believe that the Book of Rev...Read More
Even though humanity has been rebellious and dishonorable, God is advancing toward us. Though we have disregarded His grace, he is still working to bring reconciliation.
Because of mankind’s extraordinary value and worth, God sent his first-born son to reconcile us. Jesus didn’t just come to eliminate the darkness and sin in our hearts. He came to restore us into a place of family and give us an identity.
Through this, we will not only perceive who we are, but whose we are. Read More
Zeroing-in on things to come, Christians are preoccupied with the future. Many envision, someday, in the “sweet bye and bye,” believers will finally experience goodness and wonder.
I recall one of my Sunday School teachers talking about what life would be like then. She invited my classmates and me to imagine another generation. She suggested we were living in the season of preparation, not the time of fulfillment.
As the years progressed, I increased in my understanding of the...Read More