Why Kids are Leaving the Faith (and What We Can Do About It)

There are few things more painful for a parent than watching a child walk away from faith. As a pastor, I've had dads and moms break down in tears in my office as they recount the story of their child's departure from Christian faith.   "I don't know what happened," shared one parent. "She loved church growing up. She was so involved. We used to pray together every night."   "He ...

Back to Basics: Being a Disciple; Making Disciples

Jesus has one fundamental way of evaluating the success of any individual or any local church: Are we fulfilling His command to be disciples and to make disciples?  Simply put, do we look like Jesus?  Do we, as individuals, and does our church produce people who look like Jesus? Do we forgive like Jesus forgave? Do we love like Jesus loved? Do we pray like Jesus prayed? Do we value ...

What's So Great About A Racially Diverse Church?

From the earliest days of my Christian faith, I knew that God has only one family because I read passages like this one:  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  Once you were not people, but now you are God's people; once you had not ...

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