Axiom


Bill Hybels, Axiom: Powerful Leadership Proverbs (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008). $18.99, 224 pages. Twenty years ago, I attended Willow Creek Church for the first time. My first impression wasn’t positive. The church was large, the campus sprawling, and the service a performance. Bill Hybels’ message that day – if memory serves – lasted about 45 minutes. As a college senior about to embark on a career in ministry, I thought to myself, “If this is the future of church, God help us all.” Ten years later, I attended my first Leadership Summit with my senior pastor and another colleague. … Continue reading Axiom

We Must Prove Faithful (1 Corinthians 4:1-2)


   If you can’t view today’s video, click here. My grandparents were missionaries to northwest China. They planted a church in Xining, capital city of the Qinghai Province. The church was never large, and in 1949, my grandparents fled China because of the civil war. The Communist Party solidified its control of the mainland in 1950. It was widely assumed over the next three decades that the party had destroyed the church in Xining and throughout China.  When my grandparents returned to the America, they pastored churches all across the states. These churches were small and in the lower middle … Continue reading We Must Prove Faithful (1 Corinthians 4:1-2)

Everything is Yours Because You Are God’s (1 Corinthians 3:21-23)


    If you can’t view today’s video, click here. In 1 Corinthians 1:10-4:21, the Apostle Paul addresses the problem of division in the Corinthian church. He does this in two ways. First, in 1:10-3:21, he attacks the root cause of the division, which is the Corinthians’ misplaced boasting in their leaders rather than in the gospel. Then, in 4:1-21, he defends his own apostleship, which seemed to suffer by comparison with the Corinthians’ misplaced boasting in other leaders. First Corinthians 3:21-23 sums up Paul’s attack and segues into Paul’s defense.  So then, no more boasting about men! All things … Continue reading Everything is Yours Because You Are God’s (1 Corinthians 3:21-23)

From Pornography to Porno to Porn: How Porn Became the Norm


This is the seventh video from The Social Costs of Pornography: A Statement of Findings and Recommendations, a report issued by The Witherspoon Institute based on a two-day, multidisciplinary academic consultation held in Princeton, New Jersey. The complete video library is here. You can purchase the written report and/or the video of the consultation at Amazon.com.     Continue reading From Pornography to Porno to Porn: How Porn Became the Norm

Are Christians Fools? (1 Corinthians 3:18-20)


  If you can’t view today’s video, click here. Are Christians fools? Critics of Christianity certainly think so. In the second century, the Greek philosopher Celsus wrote that Christian evangelists sought to make converts of  “only foolish and low individuals, and persons devoid of perception, and slaves, and women, and children.” In a story that ran in The Washington Post on February 1, 1993,  reporter Michael Weisskopf famously described politically conservative American evangelicals as “largely poor, uneducated and easy to command.” More recently, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins – leading proponent of the “new atheism” and a self-described “Bright” – said, … Continue reading Are Christians Fools? (1 Corinthians 3:18-20)

Acquiring Tastes and Loves


This is the sixth video from The Social Costs of Pornography: A Statement of Findings and Recommendations, a report issued by The Witherspoon Institute based on a two-day, multidisciplinary academic consultation held in Princeton, New Jersey. The complete video library is here. You can purchase the written report and/or the video of the consultation at Amazon.com. Continue reading Acquiring Tastes and Loves