How Not to Interpret the Bible

Among the hats I wear at The King's University, one is teaching a required undergraduate course called “Biblical Background and Interpretation.” That course is designed teach students how to interpret the Bible and apply it in their lives, which is, without question, a very helpful skill to learn for living the Christian life. Sometimes,...

Is There Antisemitism in Your Theology?

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Editor's note: The King's University has announced a new concentration in antisemitism and Jewish Advocacy. “Their rotten and unbending stiff-neckedness deserves that they be oppressed unendingly and without measure or end and that they die in their misery without the pity of anyone.”  Can you imagine a pastor saying this from...

Unexpected Pregnancy and the Church

A few years ago I met a single and pregnant woman named Jordan. She was 19. She joined Embrace Grace, a support group for women with unexpected pregnancies at my church, and she shared her story with us. Days before coming to the class, Jordan had found out she was pregnant. She was scared....

Why Christians Don’t Tithe

I believe in tithing. Soon after joining my first church as an adult, I received a membership packet, which included a statement about giving. It read, "As a member of this church, you agree to support this ministry through your regular tithes and offerings."  Even though I didn't fully understand it, the tithe concept...

Mind the Gap

Charles Haddon Spurgeon pastored the great New Park Street Chapel (later the Metropolitan Tabernacle) in London, England, from 1854 to 1892. He was only 19 years old when he was called to pastor New Park Chapel, a well-known church which had dwindled numerically to 313 members, with actual attendance being much smaller. It took only a few...

Pastoral Counseling

My husband and I were lead pastors for 32 years. We served mostly in small communities where church people were more like family. Being the “parents” of the family meant we frequently got a frantic call at the first sign of trouble. Births, deaths, heart attacks, accidents—pretty much any type of crisis or complication. They depended on...

Can You “Narcissist-Proof” a System?

Editor's note: Hear TKU President, Dr. Jon Chasteen, talk about narcissistic leadership with Dr. Chuck DeGroat on the Church InTension podcast. If you’re building an organization/community from the ground up, what are steps to ensure it has the best shot of narcissist-proofing itself? Are there parameters you can set for health on the front...

Dealing With Leadership Anxiety

What do you do when you don’t know what to do? This leadership journey began when I was twenty-four years old and had been married six days. It was my first day as a hospital chaplain at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. It housed six hundred beds, home hospice, and the...

To Be or Not to Be a Pentecostal

The time in Fort Wayne would be a milestone for Jack Hayford as a Pentecostal pastor. Ever since he had begun speaking in tongues in May 1955, he had continued the practice privately. But he was wavering in presenting himself and his Fort Wayne church as distinctly and publicly Pentecostal in practice. He and...

Blame It On COVID

Years ago at Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas, where I serve as senior pastor, there was a young guy on our softball team. He was in his early 20s, and at a game one night he was hit in the head with a softball. After he got up and shook it off everything seemed fine, but...