Brothers and sisters, preach the gospel as though you've been in the fires yourself. Preach truth to your own heart, your neighbors, your church, your co-workers and your family. Be a herald of the grace you received, through which God declared you righteous by faith in His Son, Jesus.
When Christians gather on Sundays it is easy to come and go without ever seeing the uglier side of anyone’s life. It is easy to hide the parts of life that make us human and needy for the Gospel.
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... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
On October 20th of 2016 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 birthed from conviction and love. Very early in our marriage, even before any biological children,... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →