Poverty Alleviation

I was reviewing this article from Christianity Today: CT Article. It was fascinating to see the creative and productive ways that God-driven entrepreneurs are changing the face of the human landscape through their efforts. Take a look at the article by clicking on the link above to read these great stories of faith.

Hello, my name is Randy and I am a White-Knuckled Christian

The Apostle Paul’s words in Philippians 4 about being a “non-anxious” Christian smack me in the face. Despite my sincere trust in God’s sovereign care over my life, I find myself holding onto things, situations, desires, and needs with a “kung-fu” grip. That stubborn urge within me to be in control of my life causes me to handle things that …

Creation Waits with Eager Longing

Creation Waits with Eager Longing[1] On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing eleven workers and sinking, two days later, into the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, “the spill has gushed up to 100,000 gallons of oil a day into the Gulf.”[2] As if previous environmental issues were not enough, this spill—what President Obama called “the worst …

Death, Discipleship and Discovery

Blogging about discipleship was supposed to be a walk in the park for me!  After all, I’ve had years of experience as a pastor and as a CEO of a large organization.  I’m a psychologist and a social worker and for the past 10 years my graduate students have been supplying me with piles of the latest peer-reviewed literature on issues …

Couple-Calling

At the beginning of the first premarital counseling session, the Pastor asked the couple, “Why are you getting married?” their first responses were appropriate and normal: “We love each other…God brought us together…our families approve…we share so much in common…” Sometimes if the couple was focused on “full-time” Christian ministry of some kind (evangelism, pastoral leadership, missionary service), they might …

Guess Who Came to Your Funeral!

Six months ago this week my best friend died suddenly and unexpectedly. Our long-time friend, Byron Klaus, president of the seminary rallied the seminary community and put together a celebration of Andrea’s life that will long be remembered.  Loved ones flew in from the coasts, hundreds watched on live internet feed and dozens personally paid their respects to my beautiful …

To Forgive is Divine

Pastor John lost most of his family in the genocide of the “Killing Fields” in Cambodia in the 1970s. He made his way to California and by the mid-1980s was pastor of a growing Cambodian church. One day he met a man at the altar of the sanctuary after the service. God was working in this man and Pastor John …

Ten Things to “Teach Them”: Red Letters

Discipleship is not complicated, it’s just HARD.  I remember getting my first “Red Letter” Bible when I was 11.  It was so cool to flip through the New Testament and see all the words of Jesus jumping out from the page!  Seeing his words, and reading the stories was the easy part!  Today, more than five decades later these red …

Spiritual Adventuring

Thank you for your interest in my sabbatical blog! Let me introduce you to my great adventure in this first post. I have been generously granted by the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (where I have been serving for the past eight years as Professor of Biblical Studies and Exposition) a twelve-month release from all teaching and administrative responsibilities (during …