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, “What is God”, but rather, “Who is God?” Both, though … Continue reading Some Ask “What is God?”and some, “Who is God?” Does it Matter?
“He who goes out weeping” Beloved brother or sister in Christ, to live in light of eternity means to live every day with an awareness that you will one day reap unspeakable joy. One day you shall see the face of Christ and 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 sadness … 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 disciples. This seemed clear enough to me. The answer to … 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 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
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 to uphold the truth of Jesus Christ, not a particular … 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 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
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, not only as in my presence but much more in … Continue reading “Working Out” is a Must!
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?