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Downtown to Suburbs

Publication:Pastoral Letter, April 2019 Dear Friend in Christ: When I entered the ministry, the largest churches were downtown, on main streets, or on the city square, central to the culture. Now most large churches are in the suburbs, peripheral to the culture. The migration of churches to the suburbs is symbolic to what has happened [...]

Where Is Jesus?

Publication:Pastoral Letter,April 2017 Dear Friend in Christ: A few days ago I attended a funeral; it was my second one that day. The first one I conducted for an 85-year-old woman that I had known since 1957. She had Alzheimer’s and had been prepared for her passing. The second funeral was very different. My son [...]

The Power in SMALL

Publication: Pastoral Letter, August 2016 Dear Friends, Greetings in the Lord! I want to describe what I believe that the Lord is saying to me and pray that it will be useful to you. Together, let’s look at the contrast between “big” and “small”. Certainly, big enterprises have a lot of power, often well-deserved, sometimes [...]

The Next Great Awakening

by Stephen Simpson Publication: One-to-One, Autumn 2010 HOW HUNGER FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS IS BIRTHING A NEW REVOLUTION I have often heard my father teach that a "Theology produces culture," and it has been amply demonstrated throughout history, both ancient and modern, across the globe. The beliefs and perspectives of a people concerning God and His creation, [...]

By |September 1st, 2010|One-to-One, Worldview & Culture, Worship & Prayer|0 Comments

Real Results

Publication: Pastoral Letter, June 2009 Dear Friend in Christ: I pray you are doing well. This is my third and final letter on the topic of “Real Revival,” and this month, we are focusing on “Real Results.” I have described revival as a Sovereign move of the Holy Spirit that affects the Church to affect [...]

By |June 1st, 2009|Foundations of Faith, Pastoral Letters|0 Comments

Real Conditions for Real Revival

Publication:Pastoral Letter, April 2009 Dear Friend in Christ: This letter begins a three part series on the subject of revival. I do not need to convince you that the Church and our nation need a real revival. There are all kinds of indicators, from declining local church involvement to a decline in social conditions. Secular [...]

By |April 1st, 2009|Pastoral Letters, Worship & Prayer|0 Comments

The Humble Christ

by Charles Simpson Publication: One-to-One, Winter 2009 HOW TO WALK THE PATH THAT JESUS WALKED THAT LEADS TO GOD’S PURPOSE AND FAVOR To the natural mind, greatness and humility are in conflict. But to God, humility is the path to greatness. We need to grasp this lesson for many reasons that I will discuss with [...]

The Next Revival

Publication: Pastoral Letter, August 2008 Dear Friend in Christ: I am often asked what I think about what is happening in some particular place where there is a “revival.” There seems to be hope that something will happen somewhere that will move the Church and individuals into a place of renewed power and influence. It [...]

By |August 1st, 2008|Pastoral Letters, Relationships|0 Comments

The Hungry Get It

Publication: Pastoral Letter, July 2004 Dear Friend in Christ: I pray that this letter is about a vital issue that will affect our future - yours and mine. In order to define this issue, I will review the story of Esau and Jacob. Abraham’s son, Isaac, had two sons, Esau and Jacob. Esau was the [...]

By |July 1st, 2004|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments