Hell-fire and Salvation

I was saved when I was seven.  We were holding a revival at Oak Wood Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, Texas and I walked down the aisle during the invitation; somewhere between the fortieth and forty-first verse of “Just as I Am.”  At that altar I repented of my dastardly ways, prayed to receive ChristContinue reading “Hell-fire and Salvation”

Following Up Your Christmas Week

Social Media is a great tool to keep up with what God is doing in churches far and near.  I love reading each and every glowing report! Many churches rebounded from 2020 attendance for Christmas Week and I rejoice with them! Clearly God was moving. Bam! However, failure to effectively follow up major “victories” (like aContinue reading “Following Up Your Christmas Week”

The Jesus Boat

  When we first receive Christ, we are offered an invitation to ride on the Jesus Boat.  We don’t have to do a thing; just enjoy the summer breezes blowing through our hair, the warm sunshine on our faces and the cool spray of the misty water over our bodies.  Jesus provides the boat, mansContinue reading “The Jesus Boat”

The Changing Face of Church Metrics

I have been thinking about church metrics of late. We are starting some new faith communities (both virtual and in real time) and trying to figure out how to quantify them. As we all know, unless you only offer only one Sunday morning worship service each week, all churches count differently and all churches haveContinue reading “The Changing Face of Church Metrics”

Doing Good to Death (literally)

Is your Church Doing Good to Death?  “The purpose of the church is not to do good, it is to connect people with Jesus Christ. A lot of churches are literally doing good to death.”   I know this will hit some folks sideways, but let me explain. Every dying church I know (and thereContinue reading “Doing Good to Death (literally)”

Harold (God Can Bless Anything but Nothing)

Harold (Sumner, Illinois, circa 1994) My friend Craig LeQuatte says, “God is a God of multiplication.  He can bless anything but nothing.”  Sometimes we don’t do evangelism and faith sharing because we are afraid we will do more “harm than good.”  I have found in my years of ministry that even a bad witness isContinue reading “Harold (God Can Bless Anything but Nothing)”

Imagining Humility

Imagine what might happen if the American church stopped trying to defend that of our history that is indefensible? What if we owned our collective sin and humbly asked God and society for forgiveness? And what might happen if we Christians took it to the personal level and asked for forgiveness for our own failureContinue reading “Imagining Humility”

Rev. Shane’s Smoky Mountain Revival Show

 Rev. Shane’s Smoky Mountain Revival Show On our trip to the Smokies this week, I was joking about what I wanted to do when I retired. I told the family I was going to move to the mountains and open “Rev. Shane’s Smoky Mountain Revival” in one of the defunct dinner theater venues and treatContinue reading “Rev. Shane’s Smoky Mountain Revival Show”

God’s Man of Power for the Hour

God’s Man of Power for the Hour (Fairview Heights, Illinois circa 1999) I believe it happened in the springtime–sometime after Christmas and before Easter.  I don’t remember the specifics of the “when” but I will never forget the “what” of this story.  I had been at Christ Church for almost two years and my ministryContinue reading “God’s Man of Power for the Hour”