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Discipleship / by Mike Dente - 3 months

Pastoral Ministry: The Balance Between Study & Family

There is a time for study. It’s one of the benefits of pastoring or teaching the Bible in any capacity. My favorite part has always been the preparation. I love to spend the time to really know a passage or book. Even though I may have taught it before, I feel like I could go deeper. The 2,000 years that separates my culture and the first century only adds to the need and the excitement. I can ...

Christian Living / by Mike Dente - 4 months

God Equips You for Your Ministry: Welsh Missionary John Jenkins

The missionary stories from the 19th century are filled with courageous people giving life and health for the Gospel. Some were lost at sea; others struck with malaria before they were able to complete their first year of service. In that time, a family life wasn’t always an option. Rare are the stories of a family moving to the field in the 1800s and even less are those who thrived happily together in their calli...

Christian Living / by Mike Dente - 6 months

Love and the New Humanism

There is a bridge in Paris that joins the Louvre on the right bank of the Seine River with the Academy of Les Beaux Arts on the left. It’s a walking bridge with wooden planks as flooring, a few scattered benches and a handrail to lean on and admire the cityscape painted before your eyes. It’s known as the “pont des arts” but it used to be called by locals as the “pont des amoureux” or the lovers’ bridge. Couples w...

History / by Mike Dente - 8 months

Lessons from History: How to Avoid Christian Self-Promotion

International relations. What a mess. What a picture of unregenerate human relations on a diplomatic scale. And yet nations have gone to great lengths to keep the peace with sometimes honorable results. We celebrate national holidays, remembering those who died in wars. Wars, which are often the result of failed international policies and the cycle goes on. Then there are those attempts at diplomacy like the one t...

Christian Living / by Mike Dente - 10 months

The Necessity of Applying the Gospel to My Own Heart

I’ve spent most of my adult life in the city. I like the feel of concrete under my shoes, the convenience of functioning public transportation and rubbing shoulders with people from all walks of life. Several years ago, my family needed to move. To be exact, our proprietor sold our apartment, and we ended up in the far reaches of the Paris metropolitan area, the Ile-de-France. There have been many adjustments, but...

Gospel / by Mike Dente - 10 months

Women Called by God: Helen Roseveare

Missionaries are sometimes called a rare breed. They leave home, integrate into a foreign culture and bring a foreign concept (the Gospel) to people who don’t know they need it. Indeed this isn’t normal living. Yet their lives are filled with the victories and disappointments we all share as Christians.  Some face extreme hardship, and by their lives, encourage us all into a deeper walk with the Lord...

Evangelism / by Mike Dente - 11 months

Evangelism for the Introvert

It’s safe to say that evangelism is on the Lord’s heart. When we pray, "May your kingdom come," I believe the Lord wants to impress it on our hearts. Yet in practice, it’s not always easy, especially for those of us who have trouble talking to people they don’t...

Current Events / by Mike Dente - 12 months

An Act of Giving One’s Life: Honoring Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame

It's not often that we hear stories of heroism on the evening news. More often we have to wait until after the program and turn on a movie. Last week in France we witnessed one of those rare moments; a man gave his life to save someone in danger of losing theirs. His name was Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, a highly decorated officer, and as more information became available, we discovered he was also a Christ...