Last evening I watched the South Carolina Republican Primary returns with a heavy heart. For the record, I am a registered Republican and about as conservative as they come. But more than that, I am a disciple of Jesus and a man who strives to put loyalty to the Kingdom of God ahead of all other personal and political alliances. From my perspective, Senator Ted Cruz is the man most qualified as both a Christian and a conservative to serve as the next president of the United States. And so it was with disappointment that I watched as Mr. Cruz finished in a statistical tie for second place with Senator Marco Rubio, also a fine man. [Read more...]
I want to take a minute and thank all of you who read this blog for your faithfulness to Jesus and for your support. Your emails of encouragement mean a lot! This has been an unusually busy summer and fall for me and this has resulted in fewer articles than normal. In addition to my regular duties I have been reviewing the manuscript of an ambitious new study on the Book of Revelation, and this has also required that I temporarily have suspended my writing schedule. Rest assured that I will resume writing new articles in the coming New Year that I trust will bless, challenge, and encourage all my readers. I covet and value your prayers at this time.
Until then, I wish all of you a very blessed Holiday season!
It has been a long time coming, and the day has finally arrived. The supreme court of the United States has declared that gay marriage must be allowed in all fifty states as a matter of law. Like many conservative Christians, I am saddened and alarmed by the decision. There are two primary reasons for my concern, and it may surprise some readers (and my gay friends) to learn that gay people marrying one another is not my chief concern. [Read more...]
Every once in a great while, you meet someone who has a profound impact on your life. One such person in my own journey is John Harrigan. John’s message of the cross, and his emphasis on seeing the entire Bible in the correct context of the Day of the Lord and the coming Messianic kingdom, has had a major influence on me and my view of Scripture. This alone would make John a powerful person to know, but he is also one of the most humble, nicest guys you would ever meet.
Now, after five years of hard work, John has completed a book that is sure to impact the Church in a powerful way. There are many books and ministries and many of them are valuable and bearing good fruit; this volume is much more than just another good new book. Would you join me in helping John with the publishing costs? In doing so, you will not only be helping a true man of God with a message for this moment in time, but you will be participating in the restoration of the true Apostolic Gospel to this generation. This is not an exaggeration; I believe it to be the truth.
On April 15, 2014 there was a lunar eclipse. As it happens, this was not simply an ordinary stand-alone eclipse but rather the first in a series of four lunar eclipse events called a Tetrad. The four lunar eclipse events of 2014 and 2015 are being called “blood moons.” What is a blood moon? And how did this term come into popular use among modern day Christians? [Read more...]
On Tuesday, April 28th 2015 the Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding the legalizing of gay marriage in all 50 states. A decision is expected later this summer. Over 100,000 churches participated in a national solemn assembly to pray for the nine Justices who will decide the case. As was predictable, the court seemed to be split down the middle with the four conservatives leaning toward the biblical definition of marriage as being a covenant between one man and one woman, and the four liberals leaning in favor of gay marriage. [Read more...]
What is Christianity? Is it a religion or a relationship? Is it a lifestyle or a set of beliefs? In the simplest terms, Christianity means to be like Christ. It means to become a follower of Jesus, turning all of our life and ourselves over to Him. To many in the West, however, Christianity has become a generic program of self-improvement that promises them “their best life now!” Nothing could be further from the truth. [Read more...]
For those of you in the Sioux Falls, SD area, Joel Richardson and I will be teaching at Church at the Gate on March 7-8. There will be two sessions on Saturday beginning at 1:00 PM, followed by Q&A. On Sunday we will be sharing a presentation about our recent trip to Erbil, Iraq to minister to the ISIS refugees. We would love to meet you if you are able to come and Joel will have signed copies of his books available, including his brand new release, When a Jew Rules the World.
“The Kurds have no friends but the mountains.” -Kurdish proverb
Better Friends Than Mountains is a documentary about the tragic history of the Kurdish people, the mounting geopolitical conflict in the Middle East, and the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The film contains highlights from my recent trip to Kurdistan in northern Iraq.
Better Friends Than Mountains is now available for free online streaming and download.
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If you would like to host a screening of the film at your church, missions base, home group, college campus or local pub, we would love to come to you to spend an evening with you to show the film and share what we believe are some of the ways the Church in the nations can magnify the worth of Jesus amidst the ongoing carnage in the Middle East.
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In the fall of 2014 I requested support for a ministry trip to Erbil in northern Iraq, which is in the region known as Kurdistan. This area is about an hour’s drive from Mosul where the Islamic State (ISIS) is waging a barbaric war against any group or population that does not convert to their radical brand of Islam. Many of those who have survived ISIS raids on their towns have fled to Kurdistan, often with nothing except the clothes they are wearing. Our team, led by best-selling author Joel Richardson, had several objectives, including networking with several local ministries, bringing encouragement to the local churches and to the refugees they are supporting, and to document on film what is taking place in this region. In doing so, we hope to raise awareness within the western churches so that they can partner in prayer and resources with missionaries living and serving in the Middle East. [Read more...]