Posted by: Aaron Allison | November 10, 2015

Thanksgiving Meal led us to Jesus


Last night we had the privilege to feed a large amount of our congregation for the Thanksgiving Prayer Meeting and Meal.  The response was over twice what we anticipated in our highest hopes. It was a beautiful night to experience the presence of God and fellowship.  No doubt the record breaking prayer meeting was connected to the food component.  Many of us may have wanted the meal, but we needed the prayer.

It reminded me of the day after Jesus miraculously fed the 5,000.  The people searched for him the next day, and after much effort to find him they had an interesting response from Jesus:

When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?”
Jesus answered, “I assure you: You are looking for Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate the loaves and were filled. Don’t work for the food that perishes but for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal of approval on Him (John 6:5-27).”

I believe that in our excitement for turkey, dressing and fellowship, we also found Jesus.

Posted by: Aaron Allison | October 28, 2015

Kansas City

during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.

during Game One of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The current world series between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets reminded me of this story. When I went to school in KC, a friend of mine at a Royals home game met a Yankees player’s wife. In conversation she said “we like to come to Kansas City when we want to get out of the city.” :-) Even so, go Royals!

Posted by: Aaron Allison | October 26, 2015

Let me tell you about my church

I am so grateful for the church I get to serve.  We are a simple, but complicated people.  Long ago we laid down the illusion of being best, biggest, or trendiest.  That statement is not a criticism of the great churches that are classified as such, its just an acknowledgement of where our boundary lines have fallen.

We adopt children, get extra degrees, participate in youth sports clubs, take as many weekend trips as possible, and volunteer at the church in between. We love our church friends, but they are only one network among several we juggle.  Thank God that we can check on them through Facebook since we don’t attend the same service anymore.

We have pliable hearts to the Spirit and the Word, but struggle to hear those voices in between the neighborhood association cookouts, the school fair, and the Netflix binge.  Yet, in the midst of these contextual challenges, I think we are all doing well.  I find us to be loving, generous, thoughtful and pliable.  We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to get the most out of life and love Jesus at the same time.

Posted by: Aaron Allison | October 20, 2015

God’s Unlikely Choice – The Church


One thing that bothers me about my calling is how many people I meet that have been hurt by the church. These words by Henri Nouwen give me a great perspective on how God has chosen the church, despite our weaknesses:

“Just as it seems unlikely to us that God chose to become human in a young girl living in a small, not very respected town in the Middle East nearly two thousand years ago, it seems unlikely that God chose to continue his work of salvation in a community of people constantly torn apart by arguments, prejudices, authority conflicts, and power games. Still, believing in Jesus and believing in the Church are two sides of one faith. It is unlikely but divine!”

Posted by: Aaron Allison | October 20, 2015

Jesus is Polarizing

head-of-christ-Richard_HookAs I am reading in the gospels right now, I am amazed at how controversial Jesus was in His days on earth.

“When he said these things, the people were again divided in their opinions about him (John 10:19).”

It is still the same today. Jesus is not easy, so he is misunderstood.

“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12).”

Posted by: Aaron Allison | August 27, 2015

French Jews Returning to Israel

ICEJ - French Aliyah

If you love the Jewish people and the nation of Israel as I do, you may be interested in what is happening among French Jews.  Yesterday, our partner ministry ICEJ distributed this information via e-mail:

France is home to the third largest Jewish community after Israel and the USA. There are about 550,000 French Jews. In the last five years more than 20,000 of them, mostly young people and families, made Aliyah (immigration to Israel). And more than 1 percent of this population, a record of 7,237 French Jews, came just last year. In 2014 France has become the number one source of immigration to Israel for the first time. And there is no end in sight. Israeli headlines dub this summer the “Summer of French Aliyah.” The Jewish Agency expects to bring home more than 3,000 French Jews. By the end of the year there might be 8,500 new French olim in Israel, a new record.

Posted by: Aaron Allison | August 18, 2015

Celebrating Progress for Women’s Rights

Women's Suffrage
We celebrate today that on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees the right of women to vote, was ratified when Tennessee became the 36th state to approve it.  This is an occurence to remember and celebrate.

America has come a long ways in opening civil rights for females, but the progression has not been quick enough. I heartily believe a women should be paid the same amount of money as a man to accomplish the same task. Gender discrimination is an injustice that Christians should be concerned about.

Nature, reason, and Scripture clearly recognize the unique characteristics of each gender. Society functions best when these distinctions are recognized and honored. God has designed each gender uniquely to compliment each other in marriage, parenting, community, commerce and various other areas.  The genders may be different in many areas, but they should be the same in respect and opportunity.

Posted by: Aaron Allison | August 17, 2015

Abortions are Declining Nationwide

baby-handsI am happy to share some positive news regarding abortion.  Below is a summary by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of an Associated Press report earlier this summer. It is not clear whether this is happening from restrictive laws or better birth control.  Either way, a reduction of abortions is data that everyone should be pleased to discover.

Abortions are Declining Nationwide

The Gist: Nearly everywhere in America the rate of abortions has declined since 2010, says the Associated Press.

The Facts:

  • The Associated Press obtained the most recent abortion numbers from the health departments of all 45 states that compile such data on a comprehensive basis. (States not compiling such data are California, Maryland, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Wyoming.)
  • Although the U.S. population has increased by 9 million, the survey found a nationwide decrease in abortions of about 12 percent since 2010.
  • The biggest decrease in abortion, percentage-wise, was in Hawaii, where abortions fell from 3,064 in 2010 to 2,147 in 2014.
  • In two states, Michigan and Louisiana, abortions actually increased by significant amounts, due largely to an influx of women from more neighboring states with more restrictive laws.
  • Since 2011, state have enacted a total of 267 abortion restrictions. Yet in five of the six states with the biggest declines — Hawaii (30 percent), New Mexico (24 percent), Nevada (22 percent), Rhode Island (22 percent), Connecticut (21 percent) — have passed no recent laws to restrict abortion clinics or providers.
Posted by: Aaron Allison | July 2, 2015

George Washington Carver and Education

Can the secular and the spiritual blend in education? A few weeks ago, I exposed the virtue of education for blending the secular with the spiritual.  Read that article by clicking here.

George_Washington_CarverA great example of the blending of the secular and spiritual in education is the life of George Washington Carver. In an era hostile to African-Americans, this son of a slave was a national celebrity. In the 1920’s Carver’s research changed agriculture in the South and around the world. Researching from Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, Carver used education for both scientific discoveries and spiritual development. As his work was discovered he “spent increasingly more time on the road speaking about the peanut, the sweet potato, and his views of God in nature, complete with the demonstrations … Reporting on the professor’s lecture at the Cecil Hotel in Atlanta, the Atlanta Constitution declared, “The Scripture was literally fulfilled: ‘See thou a man diligent in business, he shall stand before kings (Perry, 2011, p. 103-104).’ ”

Carver truly blended the secular and the spiritual together, and everyone has benefited from this.


Perry, John (2011). George Washington Carver (Christian Encounters Series). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

Posted by: Aaron Allison | June 26, 2015

A quick reaction to the Supreme Court

I am not surprised, not in agreement, but not in panic.

(In anticipation of today’s ruling by the Supreme Court, I posted my thoughts on the historical perspective of this ruling a few weeks ago.  To read that post, click here.)

Christianity Today gave a great initial summary of what has happened today here.  Let me summarize their summary:

– The court was divided 5-4 on this ruling.

– The four dissenters are very worried about how this will effect individuals and organizations that oppose gay marriage for religious reasons.

– The five who voted for gay marriage are trying hard to clarify this new definition should not affect religious individuals and organizations going forward. This is good news under the circumstances.

It appears that the majority opinion is giving language to protect church and religion’s religious liberties. While this is not as satisfying as the court upholding traditional marriage, it gives us great hope that some of the drastic predictions about state meddling in the church’s definition of marriage may be an overreaction.

Anthony Kenned on TIMEAnthony Kennedy voted for gay marriage.  In his majority opinion, he wrote:

It must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned . . . The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered.”

So on this regrettable day for traditional marriage, it does not appear to create an immediate crisis for churches like CIL who choose to uphold the traditional, Biblical definition of marriage. Still, churches and Christians will need to continue to develop a theological framework as we are likely at the beginning of decades of back and forth judicial judgments as America works out this new reality.

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