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by Lance Ralston - 6 months

The Saturday Before the Dawn of Hope

At the Last Supper, Jesus repeated something He’d been saying to the disciples often over the previous several days. He told them He was about to leave. He warned them He would be betrayed into the hands of enemies, executed, then rise from the dead three days later. He kept repeating it because they weren’t getting it. They heard the words. It’s just that they didn’t accept them. Dying didn’t fit their scenario f...

by Lance Ralston - 7 months

Walking Wisely in a Moral Minefield: Thoughts on the Live-Action Beauty and the Beast

Once again controversy rages over a film. This time, a beloved children’s classic, Beauty and the Beast. Disney Studios' live-action film “updates” the tale with some, what they consider, socially-conscious editing by including a nod to a same-sex attraction for one of the characters. And many parents are now second-guessing taking their kids to see it.The call for protests and boycotts has been r...

by Lance Ralston - 8 months

Discovering the Reason for the Holy Spirit's Conviction

Had an enlightening conversation awhile back. It moved me to ponder the likelihood there are many Christians who’ve only experienced half the Gospel, the hard part. Let me explain . . .While there are many openings the Spirit of God enters to draw a soul into faith, at some point, that person has to be confronted with their need of a Savior. We commonly refer to this awareness as conviction of sin. Unl...

by Lance Ralston - about 1 year

Are Christians on the Wrong Side of History?

Several years ago, I watched a short-lived series on ancient Rome. While the story was fictional, the characters were historical and the producers aimed to give an accurate account of the customs of the time. I often found myself weeping at the brutality and hopelessness of the paganism of the 1st century BC. A recurring thought was how desperately the people of ancient Rome needed Jesus. So now, when I hear criti...

by Lance Ralston - about 1 year

Sailing into Stormy Seas

The pre-tribulation rapture is a Calvary Chapel distinctive. But that doesn’t mean we expect things to be all roses before the Rapture. On the contrary, we can expect things to heat up and become more difficult in this life, even before the Tribulation. If we are approaching the end times, as current events seem to indicate, things are going to get worse, not better. We ought to pray for revival, but we know what ...

by Lance Ralston - about 1 year

How Being "Saved by Jesus" May Mean More than You Think

When the Great Schism took place in 1054, splitting the Church into East and West, the debate wasn’t just over who ought to lead the Church as it’s titular head, Roman Pope, or Eastern Patriarch. As East and West moved ever further apart, what had been a subtle difference in the doctrine of salvation became more pronounced. In the Latin West, the work of Christ was seen in a primarily forensic or legal sens...

by Lance Ralston - about 1 year

What Does Real Servant Leadership Look Like?

There’s a lot of talk in both the Evangelical church and increasingly in the secular business world about “servant leadership.” For many years at Calvary Chapel, Gayle Erwin has poignantly taught us the beauty of being servant-leaders. But I’m concerned not all have understood a crucial truth that’s disconnected them from that beauty and the example of Christ.There’s a difference between serving and BEING ...

by Lance Ralston - about 1 year

Liturgy, History & the Earliest Church with David Guzik and Lance Ralston

A January, 2014, an article in “The American Conservative” described why some Millennials are leaving Evangelical churches to join more liturgical denominations like Anglican, Orthodox and Roman Catholicism.¹ It isn’t just church members making the switch; some pastors are as well. There’s something in what’s called “high church” formalism that appeals to these denominational converts. There’s an implicit sense th...