Sex isn’t a topic that’s discussed often in the church, if at all. It can even be a taboo subject among Christians. Something they do but definitely not something they discuss. When we compare the church to the world, we see that there is quite a difference between the two. The world talks about sex constantly. Movies, T.V. shows, … Continue reading What Does the Song of Solomon Teach us about Relationships and Sex? – Part 1
It may not seem like a big deal where you live, but in the small town of Warsaw, Missouri, it was rather groundbreaking when our local Wal-mart opened up a self-checkout section alongside their traditional cashiers. For many of us, Wal-Mart seems to be a necessary evil. It has all the items we need at … Continue reading Why I Don’t Use The Self-Checkout At Wal-Mart Anymore
In the last few posts, we've seen that an effective mercy ministry not only requires compassion, but it also requires responsibility. Today, we'll explore some guidelines by which to operate. Just as Paul gave Timothy guidelines by which to operate, we too should have guidelines by which we operate. It’s not ungodly or uncompassionate. Instead, it’s … Continue reading What’s Required to Have an Effective Mercy Ministry? – Part 3
Last time, I laid out the idea that we have to be compassionate in order to have an effective mercy ministry. While it’s important for us to be compassionate, compassion left unchecked can, at times, do more harm than good. You see, meeting someone’s immediate need is not bad, and in reality a lot of … Continue reading What’s Required to Have an Effective Mercy Ministry? – Part 2
As a pastor, I often interact with those looking to the church to provide them with assistance. Which means I have often found myself having to make a decision on how the church should respond to their need. I am sure you have also faced similar situations. Maybe not from a pastoral perspective. But I know … Continue reading What’s Required to Have an Effective Mercy Ministry? – Part 1
Christmas is a time to celebrate God's gift to us. He gave us His Son who is the Lord and Savior of this world. As our Lord and Savior, He provides us with a whole new way of life. In what way does Jesus provide us with a whole new way of life? (1) Jesus … Continue reading In what ways does Jesus provide us with a whole new way of life?
In order to be effective in evangelism, we often believe we must be a world class apologist who can answer every question thrown at us, an extrovert who can talk to anyone, and a bold witness who isn't afraid of persecution or death. While we may think that, the average Christian doesn't typically possess these … Continue reading What’s the True Source of Powerful Evangelism?
If someone were to ask you how being a part of your local church impacts your day-to-day life, how would you answer? Or, to put the question another way, how should our lives be different because we belong to a local church? When we allow the Bible to be our guide, what we find is … Continue reading Why & How You Should Seek To Belong To A Local Church In 2018
For all the presents you opened this Christmas there are only a few that are truly life-changing, truly revolutionary. The smartphone is one of those revolutionary products. Now, I’m partial to Apple, even if they do slow their older phones down. When you look at an iPhone or any smartphone for that matter, you are looking at … Continue reading What’s God’s Christmas Gift to Us?
As 2017 begins to draw to a close, I'm thankful that the Lord has allowed us another year to produce content which has hopefully proved to be edifying to the Church and encouraging to the pastors called to care for her in their own unique contexts. And I hope that you too have been personally … Continue reading What’s New For Broken Shepherd In 2018?