6 Ways Your Church or Ministry Can Flourish

Three ministries I met with recently asked the same question: “How do we grow?” One was a conference where the average age has kept creeping upward, and a sea of gray hair dominated the audience. Yet, for the first time they were experimenting with running...

No Higher Calling: Advocating for Poor, Powerless

I grew up in a church that recognized people for perfect attendance in Sunday school. As a new Sunday school year began, everyone who had not missed a Sunday the previous year was recognized and given a pin to wear on their clothing. Each Sunday I would see people in...

Final Reminders

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va., on September 1, 2013. Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 For the past three weeks, I’ve been preaching from the book of Hebrews, a book that was written to a group of first-generation Jesus...

Do We Learn From or Hide Our Past’s Mistakes?

We’ve all heard the testimonies – a life of poor judgment, bad choices, perhaps even heinous behavior – then a life-changing experience and a turn toward a better way. Often it seems the more negative the past, the more powerful the testimony. In other, more...

When You Forego Efficiency for Faithfulness

Sometimes, we need to set aside efficiency for the sake of love and to sacrifice success for the sake of faithfulness. There are some things so right and good, so significant and wonderful, that we have to do them, no matter what. We know that they matter, even if we...