Ever walked right up to a stranger with the intention of sharing the good new of Jesus with them? Any number of crazy and exciting things can happen when you choose this approach to evangelism.
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?
"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
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
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?
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
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
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
Worship Leaders (as with any vocation involving sinful humanity) are often tempted to transition the focal point of glory to themselves. Brothers, I am not immune. I would venture to say that the majority of my 14 years as a worship leader has been spent attempting to usurp the glory that rightfully belongs to God. … Continue reading Brothers, We are Not Performers: The Worship Leader as Disciple Maker
I'm sure you've heard the debate once or twice from some hyped up Christian on the "work out your own salvation" passage in Philippians 2. Well, here's the passage again - but with no debate - just simple application for your life today. Philippians 2:12-16 "Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, … Continue reading “Working Out” is a Must!