Explicit: "Clearly stated, in detail, leaving no room for confusion or doubt."
We're only six days into the New Year and, so far, I'm loving the Read Scripture app. To be honest, I had never heard of it before. But a good friend, Doug Holliday, recommended it to me a few weeks ago. I downloaded it and, on January 1st, started using it.
I have been a student of sweeping revivals and massive spiritual awakenings since I was in elementary school. Maybe it was how the Gospel transformed my very tough, very urban family from a gang of fist fighters to a group of street preachers almost over night.
2017 was the year of ultimate transition and transformation for Dare 2 Share. We stopped doing conferences (burnt the ships), doubled down on launching 130,000 Gospel Advancing Ministries around the world (building greenhouses), launched Dare 2 Share Live in 68 cities across America and hired our first ever Global Director of Outreach
..and, by God's grace (along with the hard work of a world class team), survived.
I don't run triathalons or marathons. Nor am I a fitness freak. But, as a 52 year old preacher, I've become increasingly aware of my mortality and the ever sagging effects of gravity.
If I were the devil I'd distract the youth leaders with more and more meetings. I'd get them so involved with well-intentioned youth ministry "stuff" that they didn't have time to actually make and multiply young disciples.
For the last few months the news has been full of horrific stories of sexual harrasment and even sex crimes against women, men and, in some cases, children. Prominent men, from Senators to actors to Hollywood producers, have been exposed as sexual predators.
Sadly, in the church world, it's not that much different. I’ve heard it far too many times over the last 30 years of ministry, "So and so was just accused of a sexual crime" ...or... "a moral failure" or something to that effect.
Mostly it’s been pastors or youth leaders I didn't know well, if at all. But there have been a handful of times it’s been men I did know. The closer the connection, the harder it is to believe and the more difficult it is to process.
Yesterday we wrapped up our 4th annual Certified Trainer Retreat held at The YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado with a full heart. We spent three days with 40+ youth leaders, lead pastors and regional denominational leaders who are passionate about the Gospel Advancing movement.
I believe there is a coming persecution headed straight for us. And there is little we can do to stop it.
I hear a lot of talk among conservative Christians today about "the radical liberal agenda" that is dominating our culture. This agenda is filled with leftist Democrats, unfair and imbalanced MSNBC reporters and pro-gay Starbucks cups controversies.