Why Should We Love Others?

  Historical Context      First John is an “irreplaceable gem”[1] in Scripture. The brevity, concise language, and practicality of the letter have made it a favorite for almost two millennia. However, it does not present itself without questions and controversy. Though John’s first epistle is categorized in the “General Epistles” of the New Testament, … Continue reading Why Should We Love Others?

When Church Hurts

A church is a place where we are supposed to find community.  Where we can be vulnerable, confess our sins to each other, and hopefully repent and move further in discipleship.  But it is also a human institution. We are flawed, we hurt each other, and we get hurt. Sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose.  … Continue reading When Church Hurts

A Few Good Books For Your Summer Reading List

One of the reasons I'm writing an article about a summer reading list has to due with, in large part, the fact that yesterday, April 8th, it was snowing here in Missouri. Thus, turning my thoughts toward summer reading is a pleasant thought to me at the moment. But there is another reason... One of the hardest … Continue reading A Few Good Books For Your Summer Reading List

What Does the Song of Solomon Teach us about Relationships and Sex? – Part 3

Another thing our culture will tell you is that sex outside of marriage is fine, if not necessary. You wouldn’t commit to buying a car before test driving it, the idea goes, so why would you commit to someone in marriage before having sex. But the biblical idea is much different. (3) While the world tells you … Continue reading What Does the Song of Solomon Teach us about Relationships and Sex? – Part 3

Why Formally “Join” A Church?

This question is very understandable and I've actually asked it myself many times. But before I answer it, let me start with a brief word about myself and my journey with this idea of church membership. Not long after I became a Christian, I actually found myself in a conversation on this exact topic. And … Continue reading Why Formally “Join” A Church?

What Does the Song of Solomon Teach us about Relationships and Sex? – Part 2

Not only has our culture distorted God’s view of a relationship, but it has also distorted the purpose of sex. Sex has become a way to elicit attention, to get what you want, or nothing more than a physical experience. Fashion magazines, T.V. shows, and movies are not only to blame for this trend, but also the … Continue reading What Does the Song of Solomon Teach us about Relationships and Sex? – Part 2

What Does the Song of Solomon Teach us about Relationships and Sex? – Part 1

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

Why I Don’t Use The Self-Checkout At Wal-Mart Anymore

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

What’s Required to Have an Effective Mercy Ministry? – Part 3

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

What’s Required to Have an Effective Mercy Ministry? – Part 2

  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