10 Contagious Church Illnesses

Some years ago, C. Peter Wagner wrote about “diseases” in unhealthy churches. Others, including me, have added to that list over the years. Here are other church diseases that I believe are infectious ones—that is, they spread, sometimes even to healthy church members. 1. “Prayer gossip disease.” One person couches gossip in a “prayer request,” and others follow… Read More

Are We Making Disciples or Just Big Crowds?

I am convinced that too many evangelical churches in the United States are overly fixated on bigness, excitement and individualistic improvement, and that we don’t often realize it because we can often achieve a kind of success focusing on those things that give the impression we are on the right track. I wrote a book this year called The Gospel-Driven… Read More


Philippians 3:13-14 (KJV) Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. In this verse of the scriptures,there … Read More

Raising Children In a Godless Age By Billy Graham

In this message from August 1955, Billy Graham describes problems that seem hauntingly similar to those of today. And the answer to every one of those problems is still the same—Jesus Christ. Many Christian parents are becoming fearful that they cannot properly train their children in this lawless and wicked age. We have received scores… Read More

15 Excellent (and Simple) Ways to Improve Your Preaching

I’m a professor who doesn’t like course evaluations and a preacher who doesn’t enjoy sermon critiques. So, I’m leery of telling others how to improve their preaching or teaching. Nevertheless, here are 15 ways (some that are perhaps surprising) to improve your communicating the gospel: Assume you need to improve. If you genuinely believe you… Read More