“I feel like we have babies all over the world. We just need to figure out where they are.” That’s exactly what my beautiful wife said today during lunch. Two things come to mind: First – We’ll need a bigger house! Second – Thank you, God, for such a selfless woman to do life with. Look, we are not wealthy, we have no superpowers and … Continue reading We Have Children All Over The World
I’m not an adoption expert by any means. I’m just a man who loves Jesus. I’m married to a woman who loves Jesus. Both of us have been deeply affected by God and His Fatherly heart for the orphan. For us, that specifically meant pursuing a domestic adoption, a process that is just now coming to a close after a year of paperwork, lawyers, background … Continue reading Three Adoption Misconceptions
“Blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” Think about what makes you blessed. Are you happy if you have your basic necessities met or does it take much more than that? For some, happiness is wrapped up in possessions and success. For others, only the right relationships will do the trick. And though we know these to be a … Continue reading Faith Makes You Truly Blessed
The Bible makes no real distinction between a Christian and a disciple maker. And even though much of our population still claims to be Christian, disciple makers are rare. Modern Christianity has indoctrinated many to see disciple making as an option rather than the way that Jesus taught us. Jesus Was a Disciple Maker Jesus taught with His life. That was the culture. To teach … Continue reading Jesus Was A Disciple Maker, What About You?
When I think about faithfulness in my life I laugh a little on the inside because I know how I am. It’s not that I’d call myself a complete failure in everything, but honestly, I fail every day. And so do we all. Who doesn’t desire to be a more faithful spouse and parent? Who doesn’t desire to be faithful in their ministry to the … Continue reading He Remains Faithful
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 it. We know that Jesus commanded his church to make … 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 placed this in our hearts. God’s word made the Father’s … Continue reading Adoption is Commitment to Never Leave and Always Love No Matter What
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 to clarify my ministry calling, get the chance to preach, … 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. I wasted many years as a performer of “worship songs,” … Continue reading Brothers, We are Not Performers: The Worship Leader as Disciple Maker
For many pastors and church leaders there is a tension between evangelism and discipleship. This blog post addresses the tension ministry leaders face. Source: Are You An Evangelism or Discipleship Church? Continue reading Are You An Evangelism or Discipleship Church?