‘Cultivating Faithfulness’ by George O. Wood (My Dad)

 The spring 2013 issue of the journal I edit, Enrichment, includes an article by my dad, George O. Wood, about the important thing in small-church ministry, namely, faithfulness. Here’s an excerpt: When I was a boy, Mom would often say two things to me, and she said them often. The first thing she said was, “It won’t matter 100 years from now.” Indeed that is true. One hundred years from now it won’t matter if we led a small ministry or a large one, whether we lived in a nice house or a rented one-room apartment, whether we drove a new … Continue reading ‘Cultivating Faithfulness’ by George O. Wood (My Dad)

Five Smooth Stones of Faith (1 Samuel 17:1-58)

This morning, I preached in the chapel service of the Assemblies of God national office. My text was 1 Samuel 17:1-58. I made the following five points: Faith is the settled conviction that God is always there. Whereas the army interpreted Goliath’s mocking as defiance of them (v. 25), David saw that it was really defiance of God  (v. 26). Indeed, he is the first person to mention God in this passage. David’s faith is the opposite of the army’s practical atheism, which believed that God is apparently not there (G.I.A.N.T.) during difficult times. Faith is the antidote to fear. … Continue reading Five Smooth Stones of Faith (1 Samuel 17:1-58)

Review of ‘Pentecostalism: A Very Short Introduction’ by William K. Kay

 Kay, William K. 2011. Pentecostalism: A Very Short Introduction. Vol. 255, Very Short Introductions. New York: Oxford University Press. Pentecostal Christianity is the fastest-growing religious movement of the modern era. Over the past 100 years, it has grown from a handful of adherents to well over 500 million. Often associated with white, right-wing, American televangelists in the public mind, it is actually populated by poor, Majority World residents whose political commitments are diverse. William Kay’s Pentecostalism: A Very Short Introduction ably introduces this movement by sketching an outline of its history (chapters 1–3), theology (chapters 4–5), and sociology (chapters 6–7). … Continue reading Review of ‘Pentecostalism: A Very Short Introduction’ by William K. Kay

`When Weakness Becomes Sinfulness’ by Michael Goldsmith

I’m at a conference for Assemblies of God district leaders. I just heard Michael Goldsmith talk about how God deals with our weakness and sinfulness. He had a lot of good things to say, especially to ministers, so I thought I’d share what he said. Here are my notes: ********** Proverbs 4:23, 1 Timothy 4:16, 1 Corinthians 10:12 Pastors often operate on the principle of never let them see you sweat, but everybody sees you when you fall. 8 OBSERVATIONS: 1. We all have weaknesses that can become sinful. Matthew 26:41, Acts 10:26, Genesis 4:7, Luke 4:13 See Jack Hayford, … Continue reading `When Weakness Becomes Sinfulness’ by Michael Goldsmith

Energy Management

We often speak of time management, but as Wayne Cordeiro points out, time management is really energy management. Building on that insight, Dr. Jim Bradford asks the following two questions: What are my priorities? What are the things that only I can do? Once you’ve answered these two questions, put your best energy into priorities and things only you can do. This is the way to “make the most of every opportunity” (Eph. 5:17) Continue reading Energy Management