Update on Convoy of Hope Relief Efforts in Haiti

The Assemblies of God has been channelingThrough Convoy of Hope, the Assemblies of God has been channeling needed humanitarian resources to victims of the Haiti earthquake. In this video, Dr. George O. Wood (my dad) interviews Kary Kingsland about what’s happened so far. more about "Interview with Kary Kingsland (Convoy…", posted with vodpod Continue reading Update on Convoy of Hope Relief Efforts in Haiti

“Primal” by Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson, Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity (Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah, 2009). $17.99. 192 pages. When asked by a Jewish legal expert to name the most important commandment in the Mosaic Law, Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30, cf. Deut. 6:4, 5). Nothing in life is important as amo Dei, the love of God, which is referred to as the Great Commandment. Unfortunately, what Jesus said to the Ephesian church could be said to … Continue reading “Primal” by Mark Batterson

“Steering through Chaos” by Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson, Steering through Chaos: Mapping a Clear Direction for Your Church in the Midst of Transition and Change (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010). $18.99, 224 pages. By the time most churches choose to change, it is almost too late. They are in crisis and decline. They are experiencing opposition rather than momentum. Scott Wilson’s Steering through Chaos offers church leaders valuable insights about how to make changes while their churches are growing and experiencing momentum so that they experience greater levels of faithfulness and fruitfulness in ministry. Scott is a personal friend; senior pastor of The Oaks Fellowship in … Continue reading “Steering through Chaos” by Scott Wilson

Global Restrictions on Religion

The Pew Research Center has a new report, “Global Restrictions on Religion.” From the executive summary: “Global Restrictions on Religion,” a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, finds that 64 nations — about one-third of the countries in the world — have high or very high restrictions on religion. But because some of the most restrictive countries are very populous, nearly 70% of the world’s 6.8 billion people live in countries with heavy restrictions on religion, the brunt of which often falls on religious minorities. Some restrictions result from government actions, policies and … Continue reading Global Restrictions on Religion

The Search for God and Guinness

Stephen Mansfield, The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer that Changed the World (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2009). $24.99, 304 pages. We’re all familiar with oxymorons, those delightful phrases that embody a contradiction: giant shrimp, deafening silence, minor crisis, etc. To which we can now add another: evangelical brewer. For American evangelicals, traditionally teetotalers, a Christian beer-maker makes about as much sense as a Christian pimp or a Christian bookie. What, then, to make of Arthur Guinness—founder of the Guinness brewing dynasty and devotee of Wesleyan Methodism? Stephen Mansfield’s new book offers an answer, and it is … Continue reading The Search for God and Guinness