5 Indicators of a Rotting Church

“The Church right now has more fashion than passion, is more pathetic than prophetic, is more superficial than supernatural.” ― Leonard Ravenhill, Revival God’s Way I believe that the Church is truly in trouble in the Western world. It is not one organization or singular church but Christianity as a whole. I do not want…

In Perfect Peace…

You will keep in perfect peace     those whose minds are steadfast,     because they trust in you. -Isaiah 26:3 Can I make a confession? There are many times where my mind is not as steadfast as it should be. Many times I become distracted by life.  The ebb and flow of problems seem to mount and…

Messy Church Outline: Abram/Sarai

Below is a workable outline for a Messy Church Event that you are welcome to use! We adapted this idea, and obviously we made it our own. There is a section for each table called “Talk About It” in which we try to get the “journeying groups” to engage in discussion and to really think…

An Overwhelming Victory?

“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s…

5 Ways To Combat Salvation Army Burnout…

With all of the news of mega church pastors leaving, taking sabbaticals and burning out, I thought it fitting to discuss helpful ways that The Salvationist can combat burnout as well.  Burnout is real, it is not something imagined or evidence of a weaker person simply giving up.  We all face exhaustion from time to…

5 Qualities Of A Great Officer

I must say right off the bat these are qualities that I have seen in Officers that I look up to, and I know that there are other fine qualities that we should all aspire to.  With that in mind, I also know that every Officer is fallible and not always perfect. 5 Qualities of…

You’re a Liar, I’m a Liar – Here’s Why…

Whether we care to admit it or not, we are liars. Go ahead, soak it up, take it in… Some of you are probably offended by this accusation. Some of you might be nervous – don’t be. The Lies  The biggest lie that we tell ourselves is this:  “I don’t need God.” The second biggest…

3 Promises For Troubled Times

We all encounter trouble in our lives. Difficulties.  Stress and sometimes heartache.  Some have simply chalked this up to “life“…”well, life isn’t fair” they sometimes say.  The fact that we  know life has trouble and difficult days also carries with it a heavy, unseen burden.  We sometimes look around the corner at the next thing,…

Book Review: “The Bard And The Bible”

I love going into bookstores. For me, the feeling of being surrounded by books, perfectly placed on shelves in an array of multicolored backings and bindings is extremely appealing to me!  And don’t even get me started on the smell of those pages and bindings, for I have been known to plant my face firmly…

Imprisoned By Fear?

There is all sorts of types of fear. Fear that propels you into action. Fear that keeps those you love safe. Fear that weighs the outcomes of decisions yet to be made. Irrational Fear Phobias… When we say the word “fear” sometimes it evokes different interpretations and understandings of this little four letter word.  Some…

Dear Salvation Army -4 Ways To Include “Outsiders”

The Preamble:  Like any Christian organization or church, there is a sense of familiarity which comes from “belonging”.   By that I mean there are elements that we come to expect in worship; there are things we do to make ourselves feel comfortable – including those we involve within our “circles”.  You know what I mean…