7 Lessons in 14 Years of Marriage

Next Wednesday, July 19, marks 14 years of marriage for me and my bride. Like every marriage since the beginning of time, we've had our ups and downs, joys and sorrows, losses and wins. We've learned hard lessons along the way about love, forgiveness, patience, sacrifice and humility. And although I know full well that … Continue reading 7 Lessons in 14 Years of Marriage

Some Ask “What is God?”and some, “Who is God?” Does it Matter?

A couple of years ago I started using a new Catechism by Tim Keller. The purpose was to grow deeper in my relationship with God, as well as to help a friend do the same. When we got to question 2, which asked, "What is God?", it struck me that most people do not ask, … Continue reading Some Ask “What is God?”and some, “Who is God?” Does it Matter?

Keep Going Out and Keep Sowing; Tears and All 

"He who goes out weeping" To live in light of eternity means to live every day with an awareness that you will one day reap unspeakable joy when you see the face of Christ.  The joy in that moment will outweigh every sorrow of today.  This constant, because-you-know-you-must, because-if-you-quit-today-things-will-fall-apart, kind of tearful sowing, and the … Continue reading Keep Going Out and Keep Sowing; Tears and All 

Small Groups Are Good But They’re Not Enough

I vividly remember my first church planter conference. I was young, naïve, and filled with zeal for God’s church. The message presented at the training was clear—you are given the task of making disciples not simply growing the next great church. The bulls-eye for the success of the church, we were told, is to make … Continue reading Small Groups Are Good But They’re Not Enough

Do We Really Care About Discipleship?

I’ve never met a pastor that said “Discipleship…Yeah, we don’t really do that. We’ve got more important things to do around this church than making disciples.” Now some pastors, in their more honest moments, may acknowledge that their churches are not very good at making disciples, but almost everyone affirms that they should be doing … Continue reading Do We Really Care About Discipleship?

Adoption is Commitment to Never Leave and Always Love No Matter What

On October 20th we brought a three and a half year old girl into our family to be our daughter. The adoption of this sweet little one is more than the fulfillment of a dream. It's a calling. To be more precise, it's our calling. It's something birthed out of conviction and love. God has … Continue reading Adoption is Commitment to Never Leave and Always Love No Matter What

Concern For This Nation Should Not Lead You to Compromise

As I consider the varying opinions of my Christian friends this election season, I feel the need to address the issue of integrity and compromise. This is a call to consider our own hearts as we decide whose name we will endorse for Commander in Chief. It’s About Integrity As Christians we have a duty … Continue reading Concern For This Nation Should Not Lead You to Compromise

4 Ways to Maximize Your Church Internship

For the last eighteen months, I have had the wonderful privilege of serving in my church’s intern/resident program. It is a large church in Knoxville, TN, and I primarily serve on one of our two planted campuses, with my internship focus being on multiplication and church planting. This has been a great season for me … Continue reading 4 Ways to Maximize Your Church Internship