Why and When You Should Encourage People NOT To Enter Vocational Ministry:

Why and When You Should Encourage People NOT To Enter Vocational Ministry:

The fact is, we are all called into ministry, sent on mission, and to honor God through our vocation.


It is easy within the culture of the church for many people to feel the call to full-time vocational ministry at some point.

It’s almost a right of passage— someone gets serious about their faith and asks, “Should I be a pastor?”

And, most of the time the answer should be no.

God in Suffering: Our Response to Too Many School Shootings

God in Suffering: Our Response to Too Many School Shootings

God hasn't left our students or abandoned our nation's education system


God Is Not a God of Second Chances: The Church & Formerly Incarcerated Persons

God Is Not a God of Second Chances: The Church & Formerly Incarcerated Persons

If we really believe in the transformation of the gospel—that any life can be saved and changed—we cannot say to someone, “You are not welcome here.”


When you read the title, you may have thought, You’re wrong—God is a god of second chances. There are many examples in the Bible of when God gave people second chances. If the Bible had a hall of shame, we would find many of the same names that we find in Hebrews 11 (often known the “hall of faith”).

What Do We Do With the Very Real Resurrection?

What Do We Do With the Very Real Resurrection?

Does the biblical resurrection account leave us with as little evidence as some assume?


Today is Easter and we celebrate the good news that Christ is risen; he is risen indeed!

We rise—some of us much too early—to scenes of Easter baskets, jelly beans, and all things pastel. Our children climb out of bed with excitement ready to embark on a day filled with candy consumption; candy, many of them believe, that came from the Easter bunny.

To Be or Not to Be an Evangelical

To Be or Not to Be an Evangelical

Do Christians need a term or label to identify ourselves?


A friend wrote, “I no longer call myself an Evangelical.”

He is thoughtful and well informed, but now I suspect he is feeling a bit embarrassed as he has chosen to avoid a term used globally by hundreds of millions of Christians.

Good Friday, Billy Graham, and the Transcendent Gospel

Good Friday, Billy Graham, and the Transcendent Gospel

The truth presented to us in scripture should tell us something about not only who we are but who our neighbors are: image bearers of the Father in heaven.


Today is Good Friday; the day we remember Christ’s death on the cross. This sacrifice—the greatest outpouring of love this world will ever know—earned us our freedom from the bondage of sin.

One-on-One with Pastor Colin Smith on “Heaven, So Near – So Far: The Story of Judas Iscariot”

One-on-One with Pastor Colin Smith on “Heaven, So Near – So Far: The Story of Judas Iscariot”

If a person really belongs to Jesus, he or she will persevere in faith


Billy Graham and the Presidents: Lessons in Spiritual Counsel and Friendship

Billy Graham and the Presidents: Lessons in Spiritual Counsel and Friendship

One evangelist's influence on our nation's leaders


The Billy Graham Center Archives has just recently announced the opening of two new collections on the ministry of Billy Graham and the work of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). This opening comes at Graham’s wishes after his recent passing on February 21st.

Chicagoland Church Planting Alliance Spring 2018 | Chicagoland. Context. Evangelism.

Chicagoland Church Planting Alliance Spring 2018 | Chicagoland. Context. Evangelism.

Chicago presents a unique context for evangelism and church planting.


I remember as a child taking Saturday day trips with my parents, driving from the Quad Cities to Chicago and being enamored by the sheer size and diversity of the city. My dad knew some families who helped start an Alliance church in the city and we’d visit them on occasion.

Ten Types of Churches That Need Revitalization

Ten Types of Churches That Need Revitalization

A short list of the main reasons churches decline to a place where they need revitalization.


I care about church revitalization. I have led churches that were successfully revitalized, and I have led churches that ultimately closed. I have researched the process with hundreds of churches, and written books and articles about it. I’m a big church planter guy as well, but most churches are plateaued or in decline, and need to experience revitalization.

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