The Christian servant’s heart exam

The Editor’s Desk by Shawn McMullen Many years ago I found myself sitting in a doctor’s office listening to an alarming report on my physical health. An episode of heart palpitations led to an echocardiogram, which led to a stress test, which led to my cardiologist’s office. “We can’t be sure,” the doctor began, “but […]

What’s so great about grace?

The Editor’s Desk by Shawn McMullen Nowhere does the grace of God shine brighter than in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God has always been a God of grace, but the expression of his grace reached its pinnacle that first Easter Sunday. Every gracious act of God under the old covenant looked […]

The cost—and blessing—of sacrifice

The Editor’s Desk by Shawn McMullen As we draw closer to Resurrection Sunday and enter a week marking Jesus’ anointing at Bethany, his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, his teaching in the temple courts, the washing of the disciples’ feet and institution of the Lord’s Supper during Passover, his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, his […]

A little piece of history

The Editor’s Desk by Shawn McMullen I was attending a planning meeting for the National Missionary Convention a year ago. Near me sat my friend Ben Zeigler, business manager and missions director with First Christian Church, Kernersville, North Carolina. During a break Ben said, “Shawn, I have something that might interest you, and if you’d […]

Why follow God’s plan?

The Editor’s Desk by Shawn McMullen The Bible and our culture hold drastically different positions on human sexuality. Our culture accepts premarital and extramarital sexual relationships as the norm. The Bible teaches these relationships violate God’s standards. Our culture embraces homosexual behavior and chastises those who believe differently. The Bible teaches such behavior is unnatural […]