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Along with consulting and seminars, Barnabas Initiative assists churches by writing and speaking. By our blog and book, and by speaking appointments, we offer insights and stories to stir hope, reset perspective, and prompt action. 

 

The aim of our storytelling is to create a tipping point for persons and/or churches in difficult seasons of life and ministry—a time when distraction shits to focus, weariness to energy, and discouragement to determination. 

April 15, 2020

In the first chapter of Ephesians, the apostle Paul piles up four synonyms for power to communicate the enormity of the power that raised Jesus from the dead. Then he makes the astounding assertion that the same mighty power that raised Jesus from the dead is now direc...

April 1, 2020

As Jesus rode into the city of Jerusalem (on the day we call Palm Sunday), the crowd cheered wildly in the hope that he would overthrow their Roman oppressors and rule like David, a warrior king. They shouted: “Hosanna, save us now, son of David!”

Jesus rode into Jerusa...

February 1, 2020

Some Christ-followers are careless about learning the truths of the faith. Like fans of low-calorie versions of food and drink, they subsist on a “lite” understanding of biblical truth. They have succumbed to the spiritual ailment of “lite-headedness.” 

T...

January 15, 2020

Colds and other ailments are common in winter. Even when take precautions, we usually manage to “catch” something. Sadly, there are common spiritual ailments to which we are susceptible any time of year. God has provided a remedy for each one within the ultimate cure o...

January 1, 2020

Every year, about this time, we contend with a flu season. 

To avoid infection, we are urged to get sleep, take multivitamins, wash our hands or use hand sanitizer, avoid touching our face, eat food rich in antioxidants, and get a flu shot. 

The book of Ephesians co...

November 15, 2019

God performs mighty works in ways that confound our expectations. When we trust him, he saves by many or few, by strong or weak, by much or little.

When we first meet Gideon, he is a wimp, as frightened as everyone else in Israel. Yet an angel greets him: “The Lord is w...

November 1, 2019

Sometimes we face challenges far beyond our capabilities. At these times, it is good to remember biblical heroes who prevailed against great odds.

The most famous of all underdog stories is David and Goliath. As the story opens, Goliath dares any Israelite warrior to fi...

October 15, 2019

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). 

When the one true God makes a promise or describes some unseen reality, we can be sure this is true. By faith, we look beyond what we see, focus our attention on God and...

October 1, 2019

The 18th century nursery rhyme, “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary” rightly identifies contrariness as an undesirable trait.

Still, there are times when it is good to be contrary.

When another person or group is being disparaged or demonized, we do not mindlessly absorb the op...

September 15, 2019

The multi-site movement, normally associated with larger churches, also creates an option for small and mid-sized churches. Where two (or more) sister churches are located in relative proximity, people and resources can be combined and interfused to create one stronger...

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