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by Lance Ralston - 4 years ago

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 - 4 years ago

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 - 4 years ago

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...

by Lance Ralston - 4 years ago

Why I Am a Single-Issue Voter

By way of introduction, let me say some may find what follows offensive. What I have penned here isn’t meant to be provocative for its own sake. It’s blunt, yes. But the subject matter really can’t be made “nice.” There’s a reality embedded here that needs to be stated clearly, even with the awareness, some will be put off by the straight-forward way it’s stated. This is my opinion. Over 20 years ago, I wa...

by Lance Ralston - 4 years ago

Is God Needy? Why God Insists that We Love & Trust Him

I listen to podcasts. It’s a great way to maximize my time while doing other things like driving, working-out, and cleaning around the house. While on a run recently, I was listening to the TED Talks podcast titled Believers and Doubters. It was supposed to be an intellectual discussion on the nature of belief and faith. One of the people interviewed was an atheist. I was provoked by something she said...

by Lance Ralston - 4 years ago

What the Bible Says About Procrastination

When you make a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not delay to pay it; for the LORD your God will surely require it of you, and it would be sin to you. Deuteronomy 23:21When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; For He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed. Ecclesiastes 5:4“I’ll do that one day,” was Markus’ mantra. He’d see some household chore that needed to be done...

by Lance Ralston - 4 years ago

The 3 Basic Tasks of Pastoral Ministry

“Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28).Many businesses have a job description for their various positions. Whatever the job, there’s a list of guidelines for what the job entails.Pastors have a ministry description. It’s found in Paul’s word...

by Lance Ralston - 4 years ago

The Cure to Fear - Seeing Beyond Odds & Obstacles

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 Ten times in the Bible individuals or God’s people collectively are told to “fear not.” That call to fearlessness isn’t just a father’s demand of a trembling child to “stop it” or “act like a man.” It’s based on the promise God is with u...

by Lance Ralston - 4 years ago

Church History: Crucial Lessons & the Cost of Ignorance

Henry Ford is oft quoted as having said, “History is bunk.” As with so many popular historical attributions, Ford didn’t exactly say that. But he did say something similar, several times. In a May 25, 1916 interview with Charles N.Wheeler of the Chicago Tribune, Ford said, “What do I care about Napoleon? What do we care about what they did 500 or 1,000 years ago? . . . History is more or less bunk. It's tra...

by Lance Ralston - 4 years ago

Prudence Vs Fear: Living in an Age of Terrorism & Refugees

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 Terrorism has become a fixture of the modern world. Terrorists use it as a means to some political or religious end and governments respond to it with policies of far-reaching consequences. Terrorism is a form of asymmetrical warfare with roots in a political ideology. It seeks to destabilize a syst...