On The U.S. Presidential Election

Donald TrumpIf you have followed this blog for the past six years, you know I have steered clear of politics per se.

I have not taken sides in the left/right American political game because I believe both parties are, at their core, humanistic.

I have also not taken sides because I did not want to offend my readership over less important matters than the kingdom of God.

I depart from that tradition today to write on this presidential election generally and  Donald Trump specifically. I do so because I see Christians grappling with the issue of Trump, and I would like to share where I have landed on the issue in the hope it may bring clarity for others. Continue reading…

How Churches Should Develop Leaders

Leadership-picUnfortunately, churches are very good at wasting leaders.

By wasting leaders I mean wasting them for the purposes of the kingdom of God to meet needs in the local church.

It’s a natural sequence of events, not motivated by malice, but it happens far too often.

The pastor or other staffers are trained to look for people in their church with leadership qualities: those who are zealous for God, who embrace responsibility, are competent, and want to initiate change. Continue reading…

Six Kingdom Questions: Part 6

throne-of-godWe now come to the last kingdom question: How does the kingdom reconcile creation to the creator?

As we saw in part four of this series, the purpose of the kingdom of God on earth is to reconcile the four separations that occurred as a result of the Fall of Man.

Reconciliation begins with one’s reconciliation to God. This is the linchpin of all reconciliation that follows.

When a person is reconciled to God, he becomes a new creation; all the old things have passed away, and all things become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17. This supernatural event brings with it the real possibility of transformation and reconciliation in the three other areas of separation.

The new believer is reconciled to himself. Those areas where he suffers from emotional separation, guilt, insecurity and other results from the Fall of Man, are all candidates for being remedied. Continue reading…

Six Kingdom Questions: Part 5

throne-of-godI promised to go lawyer on the issue of the kingdom of God, asking the Who, What, When, Why, and Where questions about the Kingdom.

We’ve now and asked and answered four of those questions.

Now it is time to ask the Who question.

Who are the people relative to the kingdom of God?

No kingdom would be a kingdom without a king, and the kingdom of God is no different. The king of the kingdom of God is Jesus. When Pontius Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you a king?”, Jesus’ answer was, “You say rightly that I am a king.” John 18:37. All authority on heaven and earth has been given to Jesus. Matthew 28:18. Enough said. Continue reading…

Six Kingdom Questions: Part 4

throne-of-godWhen is the kingdom of God?

The answer is found in Old Testament prophecy, confirmed by Jesus, and reconfirmed by the Apostle Paul.

In around 600 BC, Daniel interpreted a dream of Babylonian ruler, Nebuchednezzar.

Daniel said the dream concerned four kingdoms.

The first was the Babylonian Empire, which Daniel said would be followed by a second (the Medo-Persian Empire) and a third kingdom (the Greek Empire).

It was in the days of the fourth kingdom though (the Roman Empire), that Daniel said, “In the days of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom and that kingdom will never be destroyed.” Daniel 2:44.  That means that God established the kingdom of God on earth sometime between 27 B.C. (the beginning of the Roman Empire) and 476 A.D. (its end).  Continue reading…