John Calvin, for the Glory of God

John Calvin was born in Noyon, France, July 10, 1509. Although Calvin is often considered the most influential reformer, the main reformation battles were already won by his time. While Calvin was still learnin...

Menno Simons, the Radical Reformation

The Radical Reformation is a term to describe the groups of religious innovators who remained in neither the Roman Catholic nor mainline Protestant churches. Radical reformers lived outside the established orde...

Ulrich Zwingli, Bold Soldier of Jesus Christ

It was the Fall of 1531 and war was imminent among rival territories (called cantons) in Switzerland. In October the city of Zurich was attacked. The few troops from Zurich were soon defeated and one of the gre...

Not Why, But What

“Pastor, why do you think this is happening to me? Is it because I failed to show sympathy to my mother?” No doubt you have been asked a similar question, from “why did God not let me get the job” to “why di...

Truths to Carry You Through Your Day

"Your mind is a battlefield; not a theme park.” -Priscilla Shirer I read this quote the other day in my devotional and it resonated with me on a whole new level. This wise statement, penned by author and spe...

Gospel-Centered Sermons Actually Work

I want to encourage every pastor reading this to keep preaching the gospel. Week in. Week out. Keep exalting, heralding, and lifting up our crucified Savior, risen from the dead, reigning in Heaven, saving all ...

3 Kinds of Sermon Applications

Every preacher is different. Some men, by the grace of God, are masters of Illustration-I am not. Others, their explanation of the text is so riveting that an hour goes by in minutes (at least, that's what it f...

Handling the Hunger of Ambition

Handling the hunger of ambition is tricky for any leader. Knowing how to handle ambition as Jesus-followers is even trickier, like a high-end Sudoku puzzle. So let’s start with a simple definition.  I define...