Pastor's, let's be honest, as much as difficulties in the church can often trouble us, we are naturally problem-solvers. Whether it's dissecting a biblical text, designing a discipleship strategy, helping unravel spiritual needs in a church member, or serving a family as they search for hope in the midst of grief, we like to approach…Read more Celebrate, Pastor.
Allow me to make a bold suggestion. I am increasingly convinced that Christianity is an inherently optimistic – and even happy – faith. Now I get it, even as I make that assumption more than a few of you are objecting to it. Your objections are most likely rooted in your view of the depravity…Read more A Happy Faith
My oldest daughter was at church one Wednesday night at a carnival which she was very excited about. During the festivities we had a specific toy that was given out to all the children. After standing in line to receive hers, she decided she wanted another. Standing in line for some time, again, she was…Read more What is the 3rd commandment anyway?
I am grateful for every opportunity provided to preach the word of God. I am more thankful for the times when I get to preach in front of our home church. I appreciate Jon Akin and his willingness to share the pulpit at Fairview Church with me on some regularity. Yesterday I preached the second…Read more The Seven Deadly Sins :: Pride
One of my great concerns for the church in America today is the consumer mentality that has become so pervasive. Unfortunately, in my experience, most pastors complain about it a lot but then unintentionally, or even intentionally, propagate that reality in their churches as, rather than equipping our people, we are enabling our people. Ephesians…Read more Equip, don’t enable
The sky is falling. Secularization is on the rise, or so it seems. Positions long held by Christians as central to our faith are now massively unpopular and Christians are increasingly marginalized because of it. What is more, there seems to be a growing movement away from identification with Christ and his church and towards…Read more The shadow of secularization and the new dawn of the church