Jim Bakker believes The Harbinger
is one of the most important books he's ever read because of its prophetic
insights. The book highlights how God dealt with Israel when the people
rejected Him, and how the same warnings in Isaiah 9:10 still apply today.
Bakker is featuring Cahn on his national
television show all this week. He invited us on the show at their new facility
called Morningside outside Branson, Mo. read more
Robert Walker was born 100 years ago today, April 30. He was my friend and mentor. I consider him a great man and this is my
way to honor his memory and to thank God for his life.
Robert Walker founded Christian Bookseller
magazine, Creation House, Christian Life Missions, and Christian Life
magazine, which merged with Charisma in 1987. I have continued his
publishing legacy. I wrote articles in Charisma and Christian
Retailing, and have arranged for a reception in his honor as part of the
regular Christian Life Missions board meeting. I hope you'll read on
about this great man who inspired so many. read more
My son Chandler and I traveled to Africa in 2006, and we had to
sleep one night under a mosquito net. That’s because the
possibility of malaria is still real in the remote area of Malawi
where we visited.
Malaria was a problem in the U.S.
until around the time I was born. A concerted effort was made to wipe
it out. The same can be done in Africa, where it killed nearly
600,000 people in 2010—mostly children. The thing is, we can save a life
with a $6 sleeping net that is treated to kill the malaria-bearing
mosquitoes. read more
Trayvon Martin was killed less than 3 miles from our offices in
Lake Mary, Fla., which abuts Sanford. I’ve been in meetings the
last two days with local pastors and held a major press conference on
Friday covered by all the major media.
Thankfully, pastors in this city are beginning to work together.
And I believe the news conference gave opportunity for some of the
pastors in Sanford to talk about love and forgiveness and
reconciliation. I even met yesterday with the special prosecutor
Angela Corey, who said they are wanting justice for Trayvon and due
process for the man who admitted shooting him, George Zimmerman.
On Thursday I hosted a meeting of 75 pastors, most of them local.
My friends Bishop Harry Jackson and Dr. Raleigh Washington were in
town for other things and we brought them into the meeting. They both
spoke of healing and restoration. They both wanted to see where the
tragedy happened, so I drove them over to The Retreat at Twin Lakes,
where the shooting occurred. It’s less than half a mile from where
my 24-year-old son lives in a similar gated townhouse community in a
newer part of Sanford. read more
Today is Maundy Thursday on the liturgical calendar—the day
Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples before He went to the
Today, to commemorate Holy Week, we had a short worship
service in our office with my staff. I invited several staff, who also serve as
pastors, to take part in serving, and we took communion together. We also
prayed for the volatile situation in our community following the tragic death
of Trayvon Martin, which has created uproar in our country.
Next week, I'll write more about this situation, which has
really hit home for me. The reason: the tragic killing took place 2.9 miles
from our offices in Lake Mary, Fla., which abuts Sanford, Fla. As a result we
have decided to focus our June issue on The Church's Response to Racism.
Today I attended a meeting with black and white ministers in our city. Tomorrow
I'm attending a prayer service on Good Friday. Some very interesting things
came out, from a spiritual point of view, which I'll comment on later. read more
Pastor Alex Clattenburg has been a good friend for nearly 40
years. I got an email about a great Good Friday service he is having
next week at Church in the Son in Orlando, Fla. I wish I could attend
but I’ll be out of state. We close our offices every year on Good
Friday. I always try to attend a service and it’s hard to find a
Spirit-filled church that has one. What a pity. It’s part of our
culture which comes out of the revivalist tradition of the sawdust
trail. It’s as if anything liturgical is something we should avoid.
I had a good friend in the Episcopal Church that talked about how
they had things all week long. I had to ask what Maundy Thursday was!
We didn’t celebrate it in the Assemblies of God. But it’s the
night before Good Friday. Okay, maybe we don’t need to go for the
bells and smells of some churches. But sometimes we are so casual
about special days, we go too far the other way. On Good Friday I
like to take communion and to think about the sacrifice the Lord made
on the cross. I encourage you to think about that sacrifice. read more
founder of Eagles’ Wings, did a magnificent job as guest editor for the new
issue of Ministry Today. He highlighted a very important topic: the New
Zionism. I’m happy to post the new
digital issue below in hopes that you’ll read it and benefit from the articles. You’re getting it before it is emailed to
our regular list. I hope you’ll
subscribe and be among the first people to receive it on your iPad.
The issue of
Zionism and Israel is near and dear to me. For years I’ve been a strong
supporter of Israel. So it’s an honor for me to have been invited by Robert to
be one of the “conveners” for the Jerusalem Banquet in New York City on May 17.
Even though I’ll write about it later I wanted to send this out right away
because it was announced this week that the keynote speaker will be former
Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. read more
I’ve been to more networking meetings than I can
count. Sometimes I leave discouraged over what I see and hear: leaders with
their own agendas whose lives don’t match the New Testament because they
But a week ago my
reaction at Converge21 in Virginia Beach, Va., was opposite. Instead, there
were leaders who see the problems in the church and who are committed to
getting the church back on track. Several hundred even signed a resolution
articulating this commitment. Keep reading to see the entire resolution.
Regent University—included many significant leaders like Dr. George Wood of the
Assemblies of God, Robert Morris from Gateway Church in Dallas, Billy Wilson of
Empowered21 and Pastor Jack Hayford from The King’s University. It was really
three meetings in one: the Society for Pentecostal Studies, which held its
annual meeting; there was a small invitation only meeting of mostly older
charismatic ministries; and Empowered21, which brought in “younger leaders.” Any
time you get young people together who are eager to learn and be mentored,
there is a tremendous energy! read more
Many of you know I've endorsed Rick Santorum. To me he's the only real
conservative and the one who is right on the moral issues. A press release came
to me earlier today and I've cut and pasted it below. I urge the tens of
thousands who will get this to forward it to friends who live in states who will
vote on Super Tuesday. This race is so close that Bible-believing Christians CAN
MAKE A DIFFERENCE and help Santorum get the momentum to win the nomination and
then the general election.
Why have I endorsed Santorum? It's easy: Not only is he right on the issues,
but he's someone I consider "squeaky clean." I was interviewed on the PBS
program Religion & Ethics and they wanted to know why I didn't endorse the
other candidates. For Mitt Romney I'm concerned about how he's flip-flopped. And
I'm wary of the fact that he's Mormon (although that doesn't prevent me from
voting for him—it only makes it more difficult). And with Newt Gingrich I'm
concerned his many moral failures (which he says he has repented of and I don't
doubt that's true) shows a deep character flaw. But Rick Santorum has a good
record, projects the image of a leader and has strong Christian values. read more
It's the political season in what many are saying is the most important presidential election of our lifetime, so I turned to my good friend, Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr., to be the guest editor for the January/February issue of Ministry Today. You can read the digital issues of the magazine by clicking on the cover images below.
Bishop Jackson has appeared on the CBS Evening News, Fox News' Special Report, The O'Reilly Factor and The Tavis Smiley Show. Bishop Jackson's articles have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.
And why not? He's Harvard educated and very articulate—something the mainstream media respects. But at the same time Bishop Jackson is a great spokesman from a Christian perspective—he understands the believer's mandate to bring God's kingdom to earth. Bishop Jackson has a successful track record of growing churches and discipling believers. He hasn't strayed into liberal theology, and his integrity is above reproach.
Bishop Jackson also defies stereotypes. An African-American "bishop," he embodies the best—not the worst—of what that usually implies. He has solid conservative values when many African-American preachers just flow with liberal Democrats. But while conservative Republicans trust him and work closely with him, he doesn't join their ranks. He's a conservative Democrat who speaks boldly in the corridors of power about right and wrong, good and evil, and trust and betrayal.
On a personal basis, I have gotten to know and trust him over the years—first at networking meetings of leaders where I became impressed with his verbal contributions. I noticed that like the old E.F. Hutton commercials, when Bishop Jackson spoke, others listened. read more