Lessons from the Third World

In my search to understand why the Church is growing in many third-world countries and in places where there is rampant persecution of followers of Jesus, I read two books this summer: Killing Christians by Tom Doyle and Miraculous Movements by Jerry Trousdale.  I...

Making Hay this Summer

Many of you have heard the old farm idiom “make hay while the sun is shining.”  Most Minnesotans practice making hay while the sun is shining very well.  In fact, from Memorial Day till after Labor Day there are several ministries in every church that are put on hold...

Grace Hindrances, Part 2

Grace is what every person needs.  Without grace, no one can be saved, nor can anyone walk in the fullness of a transformed life in Jesus Christ.  Grace is God’s unmerited transforming power working in and through us by the Holy Spirit.  God’s grace is a saving grace...

Grace Hindrances, Part 1

Grace is what every person needs.  Without grace, no one can be saved, nor can anyone walk in the fullness of a transformed life in Jesus Christ.  Grace is God’s unmerited transforming power working in and through us by the Holy Spirit.  God’s grace is a saving grace...