Grace and Peace

Every letter of the Apostle Paul includes the greeting “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. Makes it seem pretty important, huh?! See 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 1:3; Ephesians 1:2; Philippians 1:2; Colossians 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:2; 1 Timothy 1:2 (adds mercy); 2 […]

The First Principles Series

Unfortunately, much of the teaching in modern Christianity is hit-and-miss. It includes sermons, books, and Bible studies that are often not well-connected in a way that helps Christians become “firmly rooted” (Colossians 2:6) in the faith. The First Principles Series is a set of 13, six-session Bible study guides for use with small groups. The […]

Ravi Zacharias – The American Church

Ravi Zacharias here gives a very painful critique of “The American Church.” His emphasis on an unthinking church highlights one of the key problems we’re trying to solve. Many Christians have never been given a solid foundation in the teaching of the Apostles, but through The First Principles Series, using Socratic discussion rather than fill-in-the-blank […]

David Kinnaman—You Lost Me

David is now president of the Barna Group. His book “You Lost Me” has gotten a lot of attention by those who want to know why “Mosaics” (18-24 year-olds) are leaving the church. The first video below introduces you to the conversation around “You Lost Me.” The second video, “Prodigals, Nomads and Exiles” is a […]

George Barna—Church Model is Outdated

They say that amongst pastors in America, George Barna is the most quoted man today. I don’t agree with all of his solutions, but we just can’t ignore his research. If you care about the church and being faithful to the way of Christ and His Apostles, you need to watch these videos. His report […]

Skye Jethani—Millennials and the Megachurch Bubble

I just recently discovered Skye Jethani. This is hands-down one of the best assessments I’ve seen of how millennials think and how it is impacting our traditional forms of church. A shorter video (below) is also spot-on. In fact, you may want to start with the shorter video to whet your appetite for the longer […]

John Piper – A New Day for the American Church

This video featuring John Piper gives an accurate assessment of the American Church. He’s right that America is slowly awakening from a “distortion of dominance and prosperity.” We’ve got a distorted understanding of what it means to be an “alien”. I especially like his statement that he has “a longing not to be a domesticated, comfort-seeking, entertainment-addicted, […]

CNN: “Millennials Leaving the Church in Droves”

This CNN Report struck me as interesting even though it was primarily focused on the 2016 election. Seventy-one percent seems awfully high for the percentage of Christians in the US, but according to their criteria, it’s actually a drop.

“All I can say is, ‘This is the way of Christ and His apostles.’ If any man answers, ‘That is out of date,’ or ‘Times have changed,’… I can only repeat, ‘This is the way of Christ and His apostles,’ and leave him to face that issue.”

Roland Allen