Wax & Clay: The Choice of Suffering

There is a distinct quality in a broken person, though mileage varies. Some are hardened and cold, some are tender and gentle. Either way, you can see it in their eyes, their body posture, their gait. You hear it in their voice. They’ve been slammed. Slammed by life, circumstance, relationships, disease, tragedy. Mind you, I’m…

Nothing Changes Until You Hear

What kind of people tend to mark history? Though many attributes should be considered, I have something specific in mind which I’ll illustrate by listing names ranging in history from ancient to modern: Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Daniel, Jesus, Paul, Augustine of Hippo, Francis of Assisi, Joan of Arc, Martin Luther, John Wesley, Mother Theresa, Billy Graham, Bill Bright, Keith Green More modern…

Why Do We Need a Great Grace Awakening?

A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM DEAN . . . Dear friends, I feel this issue deeply enough I decided to compose it as a personal appeal, rather than a blog. We all know we need revival. Our nation and the nations of the earth truly need another Great Awakening. Unto this end, we pray, we believe, we hope. In fact, my family and I just spent…

Arrows & Butterflies

“Then he said, ‘Take the arrows,’ and the king took them. Elisha told him, ‘Strike the ground.’ He struck it three times and stopped.” (2 Kings 13:18) Derek Prince famously titled his book, Shaping History Through Prayer and Fasting. But what does that mean? It means you are part of a powerful series of events, and…

The Sixties: Guilt in Our Soul

Author’s note: while this essay is much longer than normal, the topic no doubt merits an even fuller, richer, more informed treatment than I have provided. I make no claims to being a sociologist or historian. My comments are my own—pastoral, and in part, the result of having lived as both son and father. I have attempted, briefly as possible, to…

No Matter What

I recently watched the movie, Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner. It was an interesting (supposed) peek into the shrewd world of power plays among National Football League general managers as they jockey to make the best deals on, wait for it…the yearly NFL Draft Day. I’d say it was a mostly solid 3-out-of-5 sort of movie, enjoyable but nothing special.…