Amen is the Beginning of Discipleship

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12 NIV). One of the more challenging scriptures for me has been from 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.”  The first time I read this I wondered how can I get anything done if I am constantly praying?  As I grew and matured spiritually, I …

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Unity in the Body of Christ

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called” (Ephesians 4:2-4 NIV). Church attendance and tithing continues to plunge.  Sadly, many churches close …

‘Revival Starts With Your Heart,’ Says Former LSU Prof Todd Shupe

I once heard a pastor on the radio say that a great Christian revival will begin when everyone that attends church follows God’s word and tithes 10 percent to their church. I thought to myself, “Yes that would be a tremendous thing and the church universal could do great things with that money.” I imagined …

Todd Shupe Encouraged By U.S. Numbers Of Faithful Compared To European Decline

It doesn’t take a prolonged look around to realize that church attendance is down and pews are a bit barren from time to time. A quick canvass of friends and co-workers will similarly tell you that overall church attendance has reached discouraging numbers. According to an Oct. 17, 2017 article from National Review magazine, a …

Todd Shupe Shares His Thoughts on Evangelism

Evangelism is typically defined as the spreading of the Christian gospel by public preaching or personal witness.  According to Todd Shupe, many Christians are uncomfortable with active engagement in evangelism because they do not consider themselves a preacher and are too timid to engage in personal witness. The gift of evangelism is directly from Christ:  …