Trump is officially POTUS. Now what?

Guest post by Bill Riedel, Lead Pastor at Redemption Hill Church.  I pastor a church in the heart of Washington, DC. We meet in a historic building that is about four blocks from the US Capitol, in the neighborhood called Capitol Hill. A lot of attention is focused on our…

Where is your church going?

The life cycle of any church is often pictured by a bell curve. As the church grows, the curve goes up. But at some point, without direct decisions being intentionally made to continue the upward direction that first birthed the church, a church will plateau, grow stagnant, and begin a slide to…

Pastors Need Healthy Boundaries

There’s a phrase in endurance sports called “burning matches.” For every racer, there’s one average pace that gets you to the finish line fastest. And every time you increase your speed above that pace (perhaps to catch one competitor or drop another) you “burn a match.” Burning matches is part…

Revival in the Pulpit

There was a season in human history where public speaking fell on hard times, not for lack of talent, but specifically because of the negative consequences of what happens when highly talented speakers who possess low moral character end up with too much influence.  In ancient Greece, there was a…

Your 2017 Resolution… Run a Marathon

I’m a runner. Well, more of a jogger, to be honest. I’ll never be seen at the front of any competitive marathons, competing with elite runners. But I’ve run just enough of these things to know that the most important thing about preparing for and completing a long run is willpower. A determined…

The Invitation Still Works

Billy Graham, Jim Elliot, and John Piper are just a few Wheaton alumni who have made a significant imprint on today’s American Church. As I explored the campus for the first time, I was excited to see where the likes of these men had their hearts and minds shaped for…

God Is Still Here

Have you ever contemplated the virgin birth? Mary mothering the KING of kings, the Messiah, the Savior. Sometimes in our Christmas rush we don’t think about the astounding truth of that union. Mary, the young teenage virgin. A woman taught to faithfully look for the Messiah. And God – holy,…

Do Eastern District Pastors Still Believe In Prayer?

A few weeks ago, some of our Eastern District pastors and I spent a day with Pastor Jim Cymbala at the Brooklyn Tabernacle. There were other pastors who joined us who were not EFCA pastors. We had a good time of fellowship and spent the day mostly talking about whatever the pastors wanted…

Bill Riedel And The Call To Minister To “Them”

Christian leaders are people who walk with Jesus and invite others to join them in that walk. The most effective Christian leaders refuse to become lazy or apathetic, and they accept the challenge to bring along incredibly different and unquestionably fallen people with them because they know this is what…

Come Apart Before You Come Apart

I’ve been a pastor for the last 38 years. At times, I have been in the groove of blessing, feeling like I am right where I’m supposed to be, walking in the light of God at work transforming lives. At other times, I have been in the dark, dry desert, wondering why I…

Relational Evangelism Even When It’s Tough

Years ago I was the president of my high school class. I was from a non-religious family where church was not even on the radar. But there was this kid in my class, Doug, whose dad was the pastor at the evangelical church in town.  We were friends and nearly…

When The Power Goes Out And The Party Is Over

In 2013 a Carnival Cruise Lines ship, the Triumph, lost power for 4 days off the coast of Mexico. Hundreds or maybe even thousands of the 4200 passengers became sick without running water and no air conditioning. The scene on the boat was terrible, as vomit and waste became unmanageable. Obviously,…