Preaching with power

Editor’s Desk by Shawn McMullen Edward McKendree Bounds was born in 1835 in Shelby County, Missouri. He studied law before entering the ministry at age 24. A Confederate army chaplain during the Civil War, Bounds was taken as a non-combatant prisoner of war in the aftermath of the Battle of Franklin (Tennessee). At the conclusion […]

Generous on every occasion

The Editor’s Desk by Shawn McMullen To be a Christian is to be generous. And to be generous is to be blessed by God. Writing to the Corinthian church about the blessings and rewards of generosity, the apostle Paul noted, “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on […]

Serving (and leading) in love

The Editor’s Desk by Shawn McMullen You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love (Galatians 5:13). Every good leader I’ve known has been a servant. Jesus set the pace for us when he said to his disciples, “For […]

The blessings of sovereignty

The Editor’s Desk by Shawn McMullen When we hear the word sovereign we think in terms of authority, control, and power. We call kings sovereigns and autonomous states sovereignties. But even kings and countries have limitations. No earthly king has ever overruled the human lifespan. History repeatedly confirms the fleeting power of nations and the […]

The best policy

The Editor’s Desk by Shawn McMullen When it comes to honest communication, God leaves no wiggle room. “Do not lie. Do not deceive one another” (Leviticus 19:11), he commanded the Israelites. Paul warned the church, “Do not lie to each other” (Colossians 3:9). Even so, we seem to find ways to practice deceit that, if […]