May 25

The Elements of Revival

With God’s help Nehemiah led the Jews to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in just fifty-two days (Neh. 6:15). In doing so he modeled the principles of leadership which every Christian leader who desires to accomplish a work for God may apply in his own life and ministry. However, in considering Nehemiah’s accomplishment, the focus […]

Apr 15

Making Dry Bones Live

“So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in […]

Apr 5

Easter vs. Tomb Sweeping Festival

This past weekend has been a special one on the calendar for multiple reasons. Sunday, April fourth beside being Easter was also “Children’s Day” in Taiwan; today, April fifth is “Tomb Sweeping Festival,” a public holiday. Tomb Sweeping Festival is the traditional date when families return to the ancestral tombs to clean and beautify the […]

Mar 20

A Morton Salt Ministry: When It Rains, It Pours

A 1952 Poster from the Morton Salt Co. website

The sight of a cylindrical, indigo blue box of Morton salt always turns my heart back to my mother’s and grandmother’s kitchen during the days of my childhood. The famous Morton Umbrella Girl, which today is one of the most widely recognized consumer product symbols […]

Feb 25

Leadership from Nehemiah (follow-up)

Today I ran across this quote in Barber’s book on Nehemiah and include it here as a follow-up to Monday’s post on leadership.

… As a result of Nehemiah’s own inner dynamic, the tired, fearful workers were motivated to accomplish what seemed to all intents and purposes to be impossible.

But how do we define […]

Feb 22

Reflections on Leadership from the Book of Nehemiah

I am presently in the middle of a series preaching through the book of Nehemiah in our Sunday morning Chinese worship service. The discoveries about leadership and organization that I have made through my preparation for these messages come at a welcome moment in my own life and ministry. The personal benefits that I am […]

Jan 19

Three Marks of Spiritual Maturity

Hebrews 5:11-14

Like the believers whom the author addressed in this passage, some Christians today have regressed into a second stage of spiritual infancy. Christian development should only move in one direction—toward greater spiritual maturity; believers who regress and go the wrong way run the risk of severe negative consequences in their lives. They are […]

Dec 7

Three Historical Questions From the Life of Paul

This semester I am teaching a course in our Bible School on the Life of Paul. It has forced me to make many interpretational decisions about the book of Acts and Paul’s epistles. Some of the conclusions I have arrived at have surprised me. Although the following article is lengthy and […]

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