5 Words

A short video done by my friend Dennis Mulyar, it is a scene of interrogation of a Christian young woman by a communist leader, in 1958. This film is based on a true… Continue reading

Can a Christian be a police officer?

Having been born in the Soviet Union, a nation deeply atheistic and anti-Christian in its very core, all believers were the laughing stock of society. I was blessed with a grandpa who was… Continue reading

Sermon: 8 Biblical Principles concerning money

This is a sermon I spoke at City On A Hill Church in September, 2013. This sermon is also part of a lesson we teach during a premarital counseling session at our church.… Continue reading

11 Daring Questions to Ask Yourself about Social Media Use

I use Social Media a lot. I believe it is one of the greatest tools available today for individuals and churches to communicate, inform and influence people. I do not believe Social Media… Continue reading

Мысли вслух о прошедшем форуме по вопросу кальвинизма

Перед тем, как рассказать о своих впечатлениях, я хочу поблагодарить пастора Александра Шевченко за организацию форума по столь актуальной теме. Некоторые служители используют кафедру для само-пиара, формируют неверное представление о кальвинизме и арминианстве,… Continue reading

Monkeys as managers; the affects of Toxic Stress.

Stress can play a big & toxic role in our lives, our health, and who we become. How we deal with stress also affects our children, including their IQ. Here is a real… Continue reading

From a church of 3,000 to 0.

To the Russian/Ukrainian/Slavic Christians living in the Puget Sound, the Washington State Criminal Justice Center in Burien is a very familiar facility. Over the years, the facility had been rented by numerous churches… Continue reading

33 Reasons to Abstain from Porn

Porn is a REAL struggle for many. Men & Women. Here is a great article I came across, written by Jason George. If you have any temptation to look at porn, read these… Continue reading

15 Media tools to use for your church or organizations

While some in the Christian community have declared an all-out war on media tools, many Christian churches and organizations utilize many widely available tools to reach more people, ease planning & enhance communication,… Continue reading

10 Ways to Die Early

There seems to be a small tension in scripture concerning the number of days we will live. From one perspective, we get a picture of God who knows everything about us, the number… Continue reading

Did God cause the tornadoes in Oklahoma? John Piper vs. Greg Boyd

When tragedy strikes a nation, there are those in ministry who like to make it a point to declare that it was God at work, killing babies, murdering mothers, and destroying homes. In… Continue reading

What English Bible translation should I use? Why do I not promote the KJV version? Is the Russian Synodal Translation the only option for Russian language?

One of the most common questions I am asked when I travel and speak at Slavic churches is what English Bible translation I recommend.  Most Slavic church leaders and pastors read a Russian… Continue reading

8 People to Not Stereotype

This past weekend, I preached a sermon at City On A Hill, titled “8 people to not stereotype.” Watch it here

Not everyone is happy on Mother’s Day at Church

If you were to ask everyone in the congregation who was born from a mother to stand up – everyone would stand. We all have or had mothers. Someone like me – I… Continue reading

What are the most influential “Slavic” churches in the United States?

There are Russian-speaking congregations in just about every state, and they exist in all shapes and sizes. Most of the churches are connected loosely through different networks. I have traveled all over the… Continue reading

Martin Luther scares me.

No doubt, Martin Luther has played a very significant role in the history of Christianity. The “Ninety-Five Theses” written by him in 1517 are widely regarded as the initial catalyst of the Protestant… Continue reading

Bankruptcies and Christians. Can I file for a bankruptcy as a Christian? Do I still owe someone money, even though I’ve declared a bankruptcy?

As a Christian, can I file for a bankruptcy? If I borrow money from friends and family, since I file for bankruptcy, does that mean I don’t have to return the money? During… Continue reading

Sending text message updates for churches, ministries.

What is the fastest way to get information and updates out to a large number of people? How about this: 90% of text messages are read within the first 3 minutes. Sure, there… Continue reading

Sermon: Maturity through Spiritual Disciplines

Here is a sermon I spoke at City On A Hill this past Sunday on Spiritual Disciplines.

5 ways to Intake the Bible

INSERTION: I believe Bible intake is the most important Spiritual Discipline that all believers in Jesus Christ must exercise. Why so? Why not prayer? Church attendance? Reading the Bible will lead us to… Continue reading

Watch the full movie “The Cross and the Switchblade” here

The movie “The Cross and the Switchblade” is a classic. Certainly, one of my favorite films growing up. It tells the story of Evangelist David Wilkerson, and his attempt to reach the gangs… Continue reading

Is the Bible trustworthy? On the Validity of the Holy Scriptures

Though I was born in a Christian family, there was a season in my life when I questioned my faith and the validity of the Bible. I asked questions such as “Why should… Continue reading

What is the Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? Could I have committed the Unpardonable Sin?

When I was a teenager, at one point, I began to strongly struggle with the fear that I had committed the unforgivable sin of the “Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.”  Without a true… Continue reading

Can you lose your salvation?

Are you saved? If you are saved, will you always be saved? Can you loose your salvation? Ill attempt to answer these questions. In theology, there are several different views of salvation. Let… Continue reading

Book Recommendation: Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

Title: Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life Author: Donald S Whitney Subject: Spiritual Growth Some books and some movies are only watched once. This book has been one of the few books that… Continue reading

A “prophecy” to stop using Social Media in 3 days or else….

Over the last several days, I have gotten a number of emails & text messages asking questions about a “prophecy” from in one of the largest Pentecostal churches of Belarus. In short, the prophecy… Continue reading

Is using contraceptives a sin? What are the different “Birth Control” methods?

THIS BLOG IS FOR MATURE AUDIENCE ONLY Can we “plan” to have only 4 kids and not 10? Is family planning, using contraceptives sinful? Is a woman saved through child-bearing? The questions of… Continue reading

Everyone needs a break after Easter.

Dedicated to all the pastors and volunteers that put in countless hours and enormous effort, in preparation for Easter.

Dress etiquette for church

One of our youth worship pastors was an intern and part of the worship team at one of the largest and most influential churches in the United States. I will not name the… Continue reading

Jerry Walls’ Lecture “Whats Wrong with Calvinism” at Evangel University

Jerry Walls, author of “Why Im not a Calvinist” recently held a lecture at Evangel University, one of the central Christian colleges of the Assemblies of God. Walls is currently a senior research… Continue reading