A Dangerous Prayer That Was Answered

A Special Christmas Memory Scene 1 October, 1978. A shopping center parking lot in Indianapolis, before stores opened. The place I chose for an extended quiet time with the Lord. Having recently resigned an associate church staff position, God’s Spirit convicted me of pride, and the need for a more others-centered ministry in my nextContinue reading “A Dangerous Prayer That Was Answered”

When Faith Doesn’t Seem to Work

by Terry Powell I am not a Christian because my faith “works” for me. Talk to a devout Mormon, Muslim, or Buddhist and he’ll extol the here-and-now benefits of his faith. He’ll cite a serenity of spirit, or a sense of order that believing brings to his life. Yet his belief system contradicts mine, soContinue reading “When Faith Doesn’t Seem to Work”

Recurring Depression and Fruitful Ministry

DOES RECURRING DEPRESSION PREVENT A FRUITFUL MINISTRY? The ‘Depression-Prone’ Preacher by Terry Powell Long before the proliferation of mass media, he was known and revered throughout the Christian world. Scholars of his era labeled him, “the prince of expositors.” His commentaries, devotionals, and sermons are still being published, generations after his death. So many folksContinue reading “Recurring Depression and Fruitful Ministry”

Redeeming Pain

When history speaks, do we listen? by Terry Powell It’s one thing to say that God’s sovereignty redeems our pain or weakness for a greater purpose. It’s another thing altogether to see a vivid illustration of the truth. David Brainerd (1718-1747) took the gospel of Christ to Indians in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, oftenContinue reading “Redeeming Pain”