Staying Hitched Is Smart

Recently Ron and Debbie Jansen traveled to a local Amish tourist spot outside their hometown of Canton, Ohio, to explore, dine, and unwind. It had been a rough three years for the couple as they dealt with an onslaught of family and health issues, and they needed to get away to strengthen each other as … [Read more…]

Dallas Diversity Discussion

RED OAK, Texas — Ostensibly, the leadership roundtable forum at Wednesday’s Assemblies of God National Black Fellowship Reach Conference was to discuss implementation of a resolution approved by the General Council last year to add a designated African-American representative to the Executive Presbytery. But the free-ranging conversations by a dozen panelists and various audience members … [Read more…]

Evoking Sorrowful Remembrances

RED OAK, Texas — While not naively believing the three-day Reach Conference would transform society, the 345 predominantly black attendees of the event that ended Thursday did allow African-American Assemblies of God leaders to reflect on mistreatment and oppression experienced during much of the nation’s history. The biennial convention of the National Black Fellowship, one … [Read more…]

The Foundry: Connecting a Community to Christ

While serving as associate pastors at an Assemblies of God church just outside Baltimore, Maryland, Justin and Kara Myers prayerfully felt transition was about to happen, but every possible opportunity seemed to fizzle. Justin says, “During that time we felt God saying, ‘What I have for you doesn’t exist yet.’” That’s when God began birthing … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — July 22, 1962

William W. Hays (1927-2010) came from a family known for drunkenness and crime, and he lived up to his family’s poor reputation. Addictions and debauchery almost led William to an early grave, but God delivered him and called him into ministry. The ex-convict and former addict became a noted Assemblies of God prison chaplain and … [Read more…]

The Battle for Religious Liberty

I feel impelled to write you this most unusual pastoral letter. I do it out of deep concern and I ask you to hear my heart. We are on the precipice of losing critical religious liberty protections in our country. Over the past 25 years, the Supreme Court has severely limited the traditional understanding of … [Read more…]

Lavishing Ladies With Love

Nicole Phillips of Panama City, Florida, was 17 when she says she felt the call of God to minister to women working in the sex industry. Phillips had come across a television interview with Hookers for Jesus founder Annie Lobert, who shared her story of redemption after years of prostitution. “I just knew from the … [Read more…]

New Day AG Claims National Teen Bible Quiz Title

After upsetting top-seeded and three-time defending Bible Quiz national champion James River Church of Ozark, Missouri, in the semifinals, New Day Assembly of God of Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, downed Maple Lane AG of Deposit, New York, 150-85, to win the 2016 National Teen Bible Quiz championship held July 2-9 at Evangel University in Springfield, … [Read more…]