If we are going to live in a certain way as the church, then we need to know what the church is. So: What is the church? One popular belief is that the church is a building. Even though that belief is false, the building in which you attend church is not the house of … Continue reading What is the Church?
Editor's Note: This series is designed to provide answers as to why we should pursue serious study of the Bible and to dispel the false notion that serious study cannot lead to personal, spiritual transformation. Each fall it is my happy privilege to teach Biblical interpretation at our church. And each fall the point that … Continue reading Why Study The Bible? Part 1
Sunday, November 5th another gunman ascribed to himself the authority to take human life. And now an unsuspecting, rural church is left with unspeakable wounds which they will carry with them for the rest of their lives, as literally half of the congregation was killed and most of the rest injured in some way. Monday, … Continue reading A Pastoral Response To The Sutherland Springs Tragedy
Real, true, honest-to-goodness apologies are hard to come by. We know this because we've experienced times where a real apology would've been so life-giving to us after being wounded by someone we love and respect. And, unfortunately, we know this because there have likely been times when we were the ones who needed to give … Continue reading 3 Words To Avoid In Your Apology
This is part 3 of my 3 part series on why we worship. In the first part I covered how we were created to worship. In part 2 I discussed how we were commanded to worship. Finally, we come to Christ, who without him we cannot worship. As we started in John 1, … Continue reading Christ is Our Worship
Solomon, one of the wisest kings ever to live, at the end of his life wrote the book of Ecclesiastes. He wrote not only to his children but to his kingdom and us as well. The book itself consists of Solomon’s learned wisdom. Wisdom he seeks to pass down so that we won’t waste our life chasing after … Continue reading Fathers, Direct Your Kids Toward that Which Matters – Part 3
Solomon, one of the wisest kings ever to live, at the end of his life wrote the book of Ecclesiastes. He wrote not only to his children but to his kingdom and us as well. The book itself consists of Solomon’s learned wisdom. Wisdom he seeks to pass down so that we won’t waste our life chasing after … Continue reading Fathers, Direct Your Kids Toward that Which Matters – Part 2
A couple of years ago, I came across an article put out by Desiring God entitled: Dad’s Write in Your Bible. The article was written by Jonathan Parnell, who is a pastor in Minneapolis. In the article, he picks up on the idea that our time in God’s Word and prayer not only benefit us but those around … Continue reading Fathers, Direct Your Kids Toward that Which Matters – Part 1
What do all businesses, schools, non-profits, and churches have in common? They all have leaders. Leaders are important. They are the ones who determine the vision and set the direction for the future. As well they are the ones who make sure everyone is equipped to play their part in the organization. Without leaders, organizations flail. They meander around … Continue reading What Does it Take to be a Leader in the Church? – Part 3
Parenting, if you want to do it well, is one of the toughest jobs in the world. I didn't always believe this, but I certainly do now. This especially holds true if you are a parent who is seeking to follow Christ. Not only do you want to ensure your child's physical and emotional development, … Continue reading What Do I Do After I’ve Had A Parenting Fail?