Articles by Tony Cooke

Vulnerability and Leadership

Vulnerability and Leadership Tony Cooke As in years past, I’ll be doing a number of leadership roundtables with Pastor Gerald Brooks around the country in the coming months. Every year we both teach new material in these meetings, and I wanted to share with you one of the lessons I ... read more

Reclaiming Wonder!

Reclaiming Wonder! Tony Cooke Einstein once remarked that a person who no longer pauses to wonder is as good as dead. If there was ever a group of people who should take time to stand in wonder and amazement, it is followers of the Lord Jesus, and if there is ... read more

All Sizzle and No Steak

All Sizzle and No Steak Tony Cooke An online dictionary defining idioms says that “all sizzle and no steak” means, “Disappointing or anticlimactic. Having an exciting, promising, important, or aggrandizing buildup that proves to be unwarranted.[1] Another says that it refers to “A thing or person which fails to measure ... read more

Emerging Heroes

Emerging Heroes Tony Cooke Some time ago, I read a quote by A. B. Simpson, the founder of the Christian Missionary Alliance. He said, “God is preparing his heroes; and when the opportunity comes, he can fit them into their places in a moment, and the world will wonder where ... read more

Pray for America!

When Benjamin Franklin addressed the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, he said: "I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings... Read this article by Tony Cooke

A Culture of Constant Improvement

A Culture of Constant Improvement Tony Cooke Something that has continually amazed me in our travels to churches over the years is the various strengths and weaknesses of different congregations. No congregation is perfect, and every church has both strengths that are commendable as well as areas that can be ... read more

Are People Trash?

Are People Trash? Tony Cooke Famed psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud wrote the following to a Swiss pastor: “I have found little that is ‘good’ about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash.” Wow! That’s uplifting, isn’t it? (Sarcasm intended). How could someone in a caring ... read more

God’s Claim and Call on Our Lives

Mankind seems hell-bent on rebelling against God and His authority. Psalm 2:2-3 (NLT) paints a vivid picture of man’s insurgent and seditious attitude toward God’s rule: “The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the LORD and against his anointed one. ‘Let us break their chains,’ they cry, ‘and free ourselves from slavery to God.’” ... read more 

The Purpose of Pentecost

The Purpose of Pentecost Tony Cooke Pentecost—that wonderful day recorded in the second chapter of Acts—is associated with various ideas in the minds of different people. Some will say it is about a personal experience with the Holy Spirit, some will identify it with joy and spiritual elation, others will ... read more

Sit a Spell

Even if the Lord were only interested in our labor, He is wise enough to know that we do more work and better work when we’re rested and strong. But the Lord is not just interested in what we can do for Him. He offers us rest because He cares about us. Some of the old-time preachers were known to say, “I’d rather burn out than rust out.” Wisdom teaches us that we don’t have to do either.  ... read more

Ready! Aim! Fire!

Of the phrase, “Ready! Aim! Fire!” Brian Stolle writes, “This legendarily accepted process of operations works universally whether shooting a gun, a bow and arrow, playing golf, or leading a team to achieve an objective. Prepare or ready yourself for the intended action; take aim on the objective and goals; and then fire, or execute.”  ... read more

Two Kinds of Messages

Two Kinds of Messages by Tony Cooke Have you ever stopped to think about the different types of messages that are preached from pulpits? Certainly, all messages are not the same. I suppose there would be dozens of different ways to classify and categorize different kinds of sermons, but I ... read more

When People Don’t Get It

When People Don’t Get It Tony Cooke Years ago, I asked a number of pastors about the most fulfilling aspect of their work. While responses varied slightly, the majority of pastors said that they are most gratified and pleased when they see peoples’ lives changed through receiving and acting upon ... read more

The Person God Uses

The Person God Uses Tony Cooke We are living in amazing days. There are more people alive on the planet than at any other time in history, and the potential for the Church to impact a sighing, crying, and dying world with a life-giving message and life-changing power has never ... read more

A Night and a Day in the Deep

A Night and a Day in the Deep Tony Cooke As we traveled the Mediterranean recently, I found myself periodically looking out at the water and imagining Paul on one of his voyages. During the day when the sun is shining, the Great Sea (as it was called by the ... read more

Whatever It Takes

“Whatever it takes to get the job done” means that you are willing to roll up your sleeves, to get your hands dirty, to go the extra mile, and to go above-and-beyond the call of duty. It means that you are not a prima donna, that you are not too good to serve. It means that you are a person of resolve, determination, and conviction. ... read more

Who Will Rule Over You?

Who Will Rule Over You? Tony Cooke Something believers need to strongly consider these days is the issue of authority, and more specifically, God’s authority. A fundamental question every human being must answer has to do with whether or not they will submit their lives to God’s rule and reign. ... read more

Why I No Longer Believe in Food

Why I No Longer Believe in Food Tony Cooke In the past I did, but I no longer believe in food. If you stop and think about it, there is no unity or agreement in the food industry, so how could food be true? All you have to do is ... read more

Q & A – What Does the Bible Say About Preborn Children?

What Does the Bible Say About Preborn Children? Tony Cooke What does the Bible say about preborn children? “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I ... read more

Doing the Possible

Doing the Possible Tony Cooke After preaching a service this past May in Thonon-les-Bains, France, I was looking around the church bookstore as we waited for the pastor to finish visiting with the people. The titles were all in French, but I recognized some names of the various authors and ... read more

No More Whack-a-Mole

No More Whack-a-Mole Tony Cooke Have you ever seen someone playing the game called Whack-a-Mole? They stand before the game board with a padded hammer, just waiting for one of the little critters to pop its head up, and they try to whack it before it goes back in the ... read more

Pants on Fire

Pants on Fire Tony Cooke I probably don’t need to explain the title since most people have heard the phrase, “Liar, liar, pants on fire,” but if that snippet was actually true, there would be a lot of people these days with serious injuries to the lower half of their ... read more

Multiplication and Mobilization by Tony Cooke

Multiplication and Mobilization Tony Cooke Those two words—multiplication and mobilization—have been strong on my heart in recent times. One of the verses that powerfully conveys the idea behind these two words is what we call “The 222 Principle” found in 2 Timothy 2:2, which reads, “And the things that you ... read more

Resurrection: Past, Present, Future

Resurrection: Past, Present, Future Tony Cooke No, I’m not confused about what month it is. I know that Easter is not until next month. I believe, though, it’s important that we not only think about resurrection when Easter comes around. I wonder how many believers appreciate all the ramifications of ... read more