Being Christian i...

Autumn is upon us, and students are heading back to school. As we’re all aware, today’s college students face an increasingly complex group of challenges. As part of the ministry to our young adults here at Calvary Chapel Philadelphia, we’ve begun putting together some resources for students in contemporary academic environments. Under the banner of The Christian Student Initiative, we aim to make high-quality materi...

Becoming Kingdom ...

One of the greatest needs in the Church today is for Kingdom leaders. Church leaders’ desire to build up the local church is certainly noble and critical to mission. However, it’s important not to focus on our immediate community to the extent that it overshadows God’s greater Kingdom. The purpose of this article is not to swing the pendulum from one extreme to another, but to move towards a healthier balance between...

Critical Elements...

Most preachers and teachers want to do their work in the best, most effective way possible. There are a lot of helps available for them - better techniques, finding a better process in preparation and delivery. All that is good, but it isn't of prime importance. God-honoring, effective preaching and teaching comes from a certain type of life, not just from a process or techniques. When I speak of it coming from a lif...

Co-laborers or Co...

Like it or not, when something you’ve done for a long time becomes the mainstream, you are not viewed as the trendsetter, but just another “band-wagoner”. You may well have been born and raised a Seattle Seahawks fan, but if you wore the hat or jersey while they were sailing through the playoffs toward the championship last year, you were labeled a band-wagoner. It’s just the way it is. You may have liked Pectoralz w...

The Presuppositio...

This past week calvarychapel.com has focused on the theme of relevance — or irrelevance — in ministry. Five articles and two videos were featured as a part of this theme. Along with many of you, I read most of these articles for the first time as they were published. It has been fascinating to read the different perspectives — including the comments — that have been expressed this week. If you missed any of the artic...

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