Illinois Lawmakers Banned from Communion Over New Abortion Law

Thomas Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield, Illinois, has banned Illinois Senate President John Cullerton and Speaker of the House Michael Madigan from taking Holy Communion. According to Paprocki,  because the men have been instrumental in pushing Illinois’ new abortion legislation, they cannot be in good standing with the Catholic church and therefore must be banned from… Read More

If You Are Lonely in Kingdom Work, You Have Only Yourself to Blame

And He sent them out two by two. (Mark 6:7) When the Apostle Paul gave us his list of burdens and hardships in the service of the gospel, loneliness was not one of them. 2 Corinthians 11 speaks of beatings, imprisonments, shipwrecks and hardships galore. At the end, he adds one more all-inclusive category: “my deep concern for all… Read More

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

10 Ways to Identify and Develop Missionaries From Your Student Ministry

Student pastors have a unique opportunity to raise up missionaries from within their student ministries. During the 2019 Student Pastor Summit at Midwestern Seminary, I had the opportunity to address a room chock-full of student pastors on the topic of how to help students take their first steps toward missions. Student pastors must be intentionally… Read More