3-Day, Church Planter Assessment

From 8am to 8pm an evaluation team of 20+ church planting experts, psychologists, coaches, and experienced church planters evaluated six church planting candidate couples. There was joy. There were tears. It is a privilege to walk alongside each of these as they find their place in God’s mission in the French-speaking world. PRAY: https://robertkarch.com/prayercover/GIVE ONE-TIME: https://tinyurl.com/y9e3vvzlGIVE RECURRING: https://tinyurl.com/y9saosbhTWITTER: https://twitter.com/robkarchYOUTUBE:…

True Friendship is the Least Jealous of Loves

« Community is the key to true spirituality as we grow to know God by learning to know one another in relationships. In a famous passage, C. S. Lewis describes a very close friendship between himself, Charles Williams, and Ronald Tolkien (better known as J. R. R. Tolkien). After Charles Williams died, Lewis made this…

A Watershed Moment in Québec History

I was in shock the entire evening.  A Baptist leader I know and love, Gilles Lapierre, got up and addressed the 400+ gathering and said, “Throughout our history we have experienced a spirit of competition and mistrust. We have been isolated, each of us doing our own thing. Today we stand together and say ‘No…

Roots Grow in Darkness

Roots grow in darkness. When my father texted that he had cancer on December 13, 2017, I had no idea that it would culminate in the conclusion of a painful story that began when I was only 4 years old.  We have a fundamental fear of suffering. When we see suffering coming, we run the…

The Gospel is not about trying hard to be a “Good Christian”

The more we discussed the Gospel, the more it became clear that he did not understand it. He talked about working hard to be a “good christian” and teaching others to be “good christians” by following Christ’s ethical example. “What about Jesus as Savior?” I asked. “Of course Christ is the Savior,” he answered. “What…

Is There Only One Gospel?

-This comes from my notes on the talk “Dwelling in the Gospel” by Timothy Keller – Is it possible that there are many Gospels? Matthew’s, Marks, Luke’s, John’s, Paul’s, James’? This has been a hot topic within academia for over a century and a half. For instance, the writers of the Synoptic Gospels speak of “entering…

I am not the Star of this Story. God is.

“You reap what you sow,” the pastor said. You’ve just gotta persevere. If you keep sowing toward your dreams, they will eventually come true.” The pastor’s sermon ended there. No Jesus. No cross. I had been invited to attend this fast-growing church. But was shocked at what I heard. Sure, it sounded inspiring, for a…