Radical Discipleship

When I first went to Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary in the Philippines to teach a short course in an interim, I was browsing through the books in the library and I came across a book about a Chinese evangelist John Sung, written by Leslie T. Lyall. I was surprised to read that this highly respected […]

The Need to Evaluate Truth

Watchman Nee has written some excellent instructions regarding the danger of emptying one’s mind and being passive in receiving truth. He says: “Should anyone allow his heart to cease thinking, searching, and deciding and to no longer check his experience and action against the Bible, he is practically inviting Satan to invade his mind and […]

It can be Dangerous to be a Kid

            The stories of the radical Islamic group ISIS indiscriminately and sometimes intentionally killing children has been on my mind these days, especially as we focus on children during the Christmas season. It is hard to comprehend what it takes for an adult to kill children for whatever reason but it is mostincomprehensible when it […]

The Fulfillment of Hope

Recently I was struck by verse 11 of Hebrews 6: “We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.” (NIV) What were they hoping for? These words were written in the context of Christians being faithful in helping other Christians. […]

Stepping up to the Plate

Jude writes that we should ‘contend’ for the faith. There were challenges to the faith being experienced by those to whom Jude was writing and they needed to embrace the challenge and respond to it. They could not just sit passively and let the challenges continue without being addressed by them. What does ‘contend’ mean? […]