Washing Feet and ...

"Owe no one anything except to love one another." Paul gives us this pithy commandment in Romans 13. But if we’re honest, we might be tempted to ask, “Why do I owe anyone love in the first place?”  Sure, we can understand that we owe Jesus our love; just look at all He’s done for us! But truth be told, most people haven’t really done much for us that we should owe them anything at all, let alone our love. But notice ...

Young Pastors in ...

A summary of my experience at the Senior Pastor’s Conference at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa this year.   I’ve always felt a bit like an outsider.  I would consider myself a third generation “Calvary guy”.  Pastor Chuck was obviously the first generation and from his ministry God did a great work that brought a whole new generation of pastors and churches.  I feel blessed and fortunate to have grown up in one of those c...

Are Altar Calls B...

There are some - perhaps many - in the Christian world today who do not think the practice of the altar call is either biblical or wise. There are also many pastors or preachers who may agree with the idea of the altar call, yet never actually make such an invitation. I believe the altar call is both biblical and important, and I believe that a majority of pastors and preachers should give their listeners a clear inv...

Evangelism with O...

Can I point out something obvious? Evangelism requires (at least) two people. It can’t be done alone in a closet, or by shouting in the desert, or surrounded only by woodland creatures (sorry St. Francis). Evangelism is, in its nature, more than just information or merely a message; it is communication and therefore has a messenger and a receiver as well. Why take the time to review such a simple truth? Because many ...

The Reason God Ca...

“… I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power” (Ephesians 3:7). Anybody who ministers the gospel does so by the gift of God’s grace. We are not in the ministry because we are extraordinarily holy people; we are in the ministry by the grace of God.  This is important to realize because, humanly speaking, we have a tendency to elevate people. It is ju...

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