Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 28:11-31 | Today’s church looks ahead to a shining new direction tempered by great uncertainty about its future. Perhaps we should be looking in the rearview mirror at the newborn church, who knew exactly what they were and why…
Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 26 | Almost a Christian? There’s no such thing—as King Agrippa learned when he put Paul on trial… [Note: “My mouth occasionally moves faster than my brian. At one point I referred to ‘Festus’ as ‘king of the Jews’ when I meant to say ‘Agrippa’ (but you likely figured that out already).” —Jay]
Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 23:12-35 | Paul was in big trouble with a lot of dangerous people, but he was unstoppable—God was just beginning the biggest part of his ministry. What doe this have to do with washing dishes? You’ll find out…
Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 21:27-22:22 | As he faced murder by a rioting mob, Paul played every card in his hand to win their souls. The question now is, what ‘cards’ are we playing in the battle for souls? This is no game…
Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 20:28-29 | Paul told church leaders their flocks would be attacked by ‘savage wolves’. He also told them what to expect and how to prepare in just a few words. A powerful message about taking care of God’s church. (Church Leadership, Part 4)
Jay McCarl | Acts 20:22-24 | What could possibly be more valuable than a single human life? Paul attacks the question head-on and makes himself—and us—part of the equation. Especially for church leaders, elders, pastors, rectors, bishops, reverends and sheep.
[For the record—I misidentified the source and location of a very important verse I quoted: Peter, not Jesus, said “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God…” —1 Peter 2:12. Sorry for the confusion. —Jay]
Paul’s address to the philosophers of Mars Hill gripped them like iron, yet they still mocked it. Their reasons persist to this day. A provocation to the modern world, Christian or otherwise. Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 17:16-34
In the age of cable news and social media, even bad information can sound believable. When it comes to sound doctrine, Christians can be the same way. Here’s a provocation that might keep the train on the tracks.
What is the Mark of the Beast? What is bedrock of Ministry? What do these two radically different subjects have in common? Very little, but Paul’s mission to the Thessalonians sheds a lot of light on both. Consider yourself challenged.
Pastor Jay McCarl | Acts 16:1-15
The Apostle Paul saw two enormous opportunities to preach to untold thousands—and God said ‘no’. He ended up with an audience of less than ten—all women—in a foreign land. And it changed the world…
Pastor Jay McCarl, Acts 15:36-41
Paul and Barnabas more than disagreed, they were furious. Who was at fault? Did they ever reconcile? Did any good come of it? What does it say to today’s ministers? A game-changer.